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Removed Jump Drive Without "safely Removing Hardware"


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#1 ryanr

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Posted 22 November 2006 - 11:08 AM

In a hurry I pulled out a USB jump drive. Ever since I have been unable to save anything on my computer. Also, I can't download anything from the internet. There seems to be a problem with the C: drive. I get messages about not being able to access temp files and that the data/disk in use is full or write protected. I know that the hard drive has 60+Gigs of free space left.

Do you think any of these things are related? Is there anything I can do to fix it?

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Posted 22 November 2006 - 02:34 PM

It sounds like you were copying from your thumbdrive to your C: drive, and that windows still has something "using" the C: drive.

Try reading this HERE, and deleting the page file, it's the only thing that I can think of off the top of my head that will keep the C: drive in use.

I've had a similar error, but with a thumbdrive (not a hard drive), and have had to end all my programs in MSCONFIG in the start up menu to release the thumbdrive (I then went back in and re-enabled everything I had unchecked).

Also, boot into safe mode (should be done by restarting your computer, then tapping either F8, F10 or F12, but they vary depending on the manufacturer) and do a defrag and then restart.

If none of this works, please post back and let us know (well, let us know either way! :thumbsup: ), and we'll continue to help you! :flowers:

EDIT: You can also check out this link HERE. It's a nice little tutorial that I've done before to help clean out the temp files. I don't think it mentions cleaning out the temp files in Internet Explorer (or your web browser), which you should also clean out just for good measure!

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Posted 23 November 2006 - 08:07 AM

Right click on the drive in My Computer and select Properties - then select the Tools tab, then select the Error Checking button.

Also, go to Start...Run...and type in "chkdsk /f /r" (without the quotes) and press Enter. You'll get a window asking if you want to run it at the next boot - press "y", then press Enter, then reboot.
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