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#1 Derek Ellis

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Posted 05 December 2009 - 09:57 PM

When i plug in a Flash Drive (USB stick), an External Hdd, or an SD Card on my system, do i need to still used the Safely remove icon to eject?

I have unplugged and taken them out by accident before with Windows Xp (using Windows 7 Home Pre. now). My data has never seem to be lost.

So..is there any reasoning as to why this icons appears?

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#2 Andrew

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Posted 05 December 2009 - 10:26 PM

Removing a flash drive without going through the "Safely Remove" dialog is more dangerous in theory than in practice. The idea is to make sure that Windows finishes up writing whatever data it still needs to write to the drive (the drive's write cache) before you remove it, however most flash drives have write caching disabled by default, so Windows is done with it pretty much as soon as you are. A rule of thumb: wait for the little light on the flash drive to stop blinking before removing it and you should be fine.




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