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Uninstall Or Remove External Hard Drive


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#1 Cassiopeia

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Posted 23 April 2008 - 02:13 PM

I want to remove my external hard drive from my desktop. I had backed up files from my old pc in order to use them on this pc, but I get the message that the software in question is not set to work with this profile. (yippee microsoft. the ex took the disks.)

So, now that this pc is accustomed to having the external hard drive, how do I remove it? When I simply unplug the USB port, I constantly get the error message that G:/ drive cannot be found or is an invalid drive. (For instance, I attempted to remove NetGear using the add/remove software, but it won't uninstall because G:/ drive is invalid. Removing the NetGear is another problem since the card is defective but NetGear won't replace it.) So, I plugged the external hard drive back into the USB port and removed the NetGear software.

I unplugged it again, but if I try to run a program that I know is on this pc and not the external hard drive, I receive the same error message.

Do I have to go through each program and check for any reference to the G:/ drive and change it? Or is there a simpler way?

Thank you.

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#2 hamluis

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Posted 23 April 2008 - 03:04 PM

Well...I don't think your situation is typical and I don't have a cure :thumbsup:.

Back in the days when I used an external/USB drive, I routinely moved it from System A to System B without problems and without paying attention to the "safely remove hardware" icons.

I merely turned it off and moved it. When not connected and on, the drive disappears from My Computer/Disk Management.

When reattached to either system, it went through normal USB-device attachment procedures.

Have you checked Event Viewer for clues?

How To Use Event Viewer - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/40108/how-to-use-event-viewer/

I don't understand any of those words mentioning "netgear" and "add/remove programs". If you are talking about a router, access point, or NIC...those should be removed from Device Manager, not A/RP.

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Posted 20 May 2008 - 01:28 PM

Actually, to uninstall a NetGear NIC, one has to us A/RP. The software and drivers must be uninstalled before removing the card.

I've turned off and removed the external hard drive prior to boot. No matter what I proceed to do after it is booted, I get the message that G: is invalid.

So, that's where I still stand.

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Posted 20 May 2008 - 02:08 PM

Hmmm...I've always uninstalled NICs via Device Manager (that's where the drivers are accessed).

If the hardware has any ancillary software, I worry about that later :thumbsup:, it won't do the system any harm if it's only software. The drivers definitely need to be removed.

http://articles.techrepublic.com.com/5100-...tml?tag=nl.e101

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Edited by hamluis, 20 May 2008 - 02:10 PM.


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Posted 22 May 2008 - 08:07 AM

open your winkey+r and type cmd press enter

at cmd, type path press enter


does g:\ come back in path??

Edited by Michael-Anthony, 22 May 2008 - 08:08 AM.





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