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Won't Let Me Unplug Usb Drive Gracefully


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#1 Guest_gooky_*

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Posted 23 March 2007 - 12:15 PM

On WinXp or 2K, when you plug in USB drive, and be4 plugging it out, you have to shut it down, by right clicking on USB icon on the system tray, and Stop it through the dialog box. In the dialog box, you highlight the USB drive, and press on Stop to stop the USB drive. It keeps saying the device cannot be stopped, so it won't let me unplug it gracefully. Anyone know how to fix it?

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Posted 23 March 2007 - 12:36 PM

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Posted 23 March 2007 - 12:57 PM

On top of what devices are you using, what programs are you using them with (like just copying information off a memory stick into Windows Explorer or another program)?
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Posted 23 March 2007 - 01:35 PM

It's mostly Word and Powerpoint. I just open them up through the USB drive, and then work on it and close the files, and am trying to unplug the USB drive gracefully. I know it will like to not damage the files on the USB drive, but I've been getting complaints about not being able to "stop" the USB drive throug the dialog boxes.

It's mostly Word and Powerpoint. I just open them up through the USB drive, and then work on it and close the files, and am trying to unplug the USB drive gracefully. I know it will like to not damage the files on the USB drive, but I've been getting complaints about not being able to "stop" the USB drive throug the dialog boxes.

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Posted 23 March 2007 - 02:20 PM

When you say "close the files", does that mean that you only close the Powerpoint file, or are you exiting the program as well? I have had the same problem when I don't close the parent program completely.
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Posted 23 March 2007 - 03:46 PM

Thanks tried it, but I still get same error. Any other suggestions?

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Posted 23 March 2007 - 03:59 PM

Let me add a clarification, what I mean is I can't do "Safely Remove Hardware" on the USB drive (stick).

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Posted 23 March 2007 - 04:04 PM

gooky -

Are you also exiting the program - either Word or Powerpoint?

If you shut down all open programs, and then try shutting down the USB device, what happens?


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Posted 23 March 2007 - 04:22 PM

The result is the same error message. I am getting this error message on multiple PCs with with more than 1 USB drives. Tried re-installing the drive as well. The users are asking me WHY DOES THIS HAPPEN, and I don't know how to explain or how to fix it. :thumbsup:

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Posted 23 March 2007 - 05:43 PM

Need more information -

What is the exact make and model number of that USB drive?

Is it "U3" enabled?


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