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Win 8 USB removal

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#1 SillyBilly


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Posted 27 March 2014 - 10:32 PM



I purchased a new computer with Win 8.  I have added nothing to it.  I'm transitioning slowly.  When I inserted a USB thumb drive into my XP I needed to wait for the "Safely Remove Hardware" notice before removing the USB.  However, I cannot find any information on this topic including the book, "Window 8 for Dummies".  I inserted a USB into one of the slots on the Win 8 computer and read the files on it. There was no icon on the task bar on either the Start screen or the Desktop to safely remove the USB.


Has this function been done away with  in Win 8?


I resorted to Shutting Down the computer and then removing the USB.  How do I Safely remove the USB and still keep the computer running?


Thanks in advance.



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Posted 28 March 2014 - 12:41 AM

The function is still there, on the desktop just as with earlier releases. My XPS 8700 that shipped with Windows 8, would see, mount & allow for safe removal most of my working Flash drives, but there's a couple that I have that doesn't show, of the Team brand. However, those work well on all of my other computers.


Weird, after downgrading to Windows 7 (I considered it an upgrade), those same Flash drives worked perfectly.


Have you tried other USB devices & see what happens, such as printers/webcams?



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#3 Go The Power

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Posted 28 March 2014 - 07:58 AM



The feature is still on Windows 8. Open up My Computer -> Right click on the USB drive -> Select 'Eject'

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Posted 28 March 2014 - 02:54 PM

Thanks for the reply.  I'll try the USB again.

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