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#1 wildcat2000

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Posted 06 January 2010 - 10:20 PM

Its a Western Digital MyBook drive http://support.wdc.com/product/kb.asp?grou...120&lang=en and the LED lights seem to flash sometimes. Ive checked their site and it doest say anything on that. Im guessing its ok. Like when the lights on my PC flash a bit since its running.

Anyway while there I read this http://wdc.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/wdc.cfg/ph...amp;p_topview=1 and Im kinda confused as to how Im supposed to properly remove it so the files wont corrupt when Im not using it. It says I should click "Safely Remove Hadware" but Im afraid that will unistall it.

It also says I can just turn it off using the power button on back. Is that the way I should go? Ive already stored stuff on it and I dont want it on the whole time or everytime I use my PC. Only when I need to save something. Thanks.

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 03:31 AM

the LED lights seem to flash sometimes

This indicates the drive is being accessed.
Your computer is either reading from the drive, or writing information to it.

It says I should click "Safely Remove Hadware" but Im afraid that will unistall it.

To physically remove the drive from your system, click the Safely Remove Hadware icon.
You will be presented with a pop-up window, listing all external items connected to your computer.
Click the drive letter, that corresponds to the item you want to remove.
When the drive is no longer being accessed by Windows, you'll receive a pop-up notifying you that it is safe to remove the hardware.
Disconnect the drive from the computer.
If you disconnect a drive while it's being accessed, that's when corruption occurs.

It also says I can just turn it off using the power button on back.

Correct.
Hitting the power button will just power down the drive.
When you're ready to use it again, just power it back up, do what you have to do, then power it back down again.
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#3 wildcat2000

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 03:45 AM

the LED lights seem to flash sometimes

This indicates the drive is being accessed.
Your computer is either reading from the drive, or writing information to it.

It says I should click "Safely Remove Hadware" but Im afraid that will unistall it.

To physically remove the drive from your system, click the Safely Remove Hadware icon.
You will be presented with a pop-up window, listing all external items connected to your computer.
Click the drive letter, that corresponds to the item you want to remove.
When the drive is no longer being accessed by Windows, you'll receive a pop-up notifying you that it is safe to remove the hardware.
Disconnect the drive from the computer.
If you disconnect a drive while it's being accessed, that's when corruption occurs.

It also says I can just turn it off using the power button on back.

Correct.
Hitting the power button will just power down the drive.
When you're ready to use it again, just power it back up, do what you have to do, then power it back down again.


Oh. Well I already removed it for now. I just turned the power off and unplugged it from the wall and USB port. I turned it back on for a second and glanced at the files I had saved and everything seemed ok. I never disconnected it while it was copying files or reading something though . I guess next time Ill use the "Safely Remove Hardware" way instead. Thanks for explaining.

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 11:54 AM

That's one of my computer offenses. I never got into the habit of hitting the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon when disconnecting my external drives. Never have had a problem yet, but you never know.

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 12:02 PM

I`m terrible as well on using the safely remove. I set all my USB storage drives to Optimize for quick removal under the Policies tab. So far so good.




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