Posted 23 April 2006 - 12:13 PM
Notes on this:
The icon is used to safely remove devices, but be careful. Computers equipped with a card reader can be a problem. If you click to remove one of the "drives" listed, which are actually slots for flash cards, you might remove the entire device. In this case, it's better to simply remove the card when there is no activity.
Otherwise, removing USB devices, such as a thumb drive, you would determine for sure which device you're removing, which could be anything, based upon attached devices. For instance, a card reader may show drives G: H: I: J: and your thumb drive (jump drive, USB key, whatever you might call it) might be K:
You would then choose K: and click on it, then the device will shut off and you'll be notified that it is now safe to remove the device.
The problem arises when you attempt to remove such a device while it's being written to - this can cause corruption of the data or the device itself.
If you remove a card reader by accident, you might have to shut down the computer and even disconnect the device from the motherboard, then reconnect it before Windows will recognize it again.