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USB Flash Drives

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Greg Alsobrook, Apr 17, 2009.

Do you properly "Stop" a USB flash drive before removing it?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  3. Sometimes

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  4. Don't know / Just Looking

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  1. Greg Alsobrook

    Greg Alsobrook Lifetime Achiever

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    Just wondering who here takes the time to "Safely Remove Hardware" and "Stop" the drive before yanking it out... :grin:
     
  2. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

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    90% of the time I do safely remove. If I haven't written to the drive I'm less careful.
     
  3. sideswipe

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    maybe twice in 8yrs have I did this & only then because of the the massive backups did @ that time w/irreplaceable material (family pics/movies)
     
  4. spartanstew

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    Haven't done that in a few years.
     
  5. braven

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    I always do. It's just a couple extra mouse clicks. Big deal.
     
  6. wingrider01

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    Always do, have had to reciver the directory structure on a couple of flash drives that the end users pulled out without following the proper proceedures
     
  7. Milkman

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    I was looking for the option marked "Most of the time", but didn't see one. Instead voted on Sometimes.
     
  8. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

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    Heck no...defeats the purpose of being convenient. :D
     
  9. Hansen

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    Never realized you need to do that until seeing your post. Always wondered what that little icon was for in system tray. Good know.
     
  10. Spanky_Partain

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    Only with older versions of Linux that do not auto remove the mount after pulling the FLASH drive. :D
     
  11. JcT21

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    sometimes is what i voted. but most of the time i usually dont safely remove it.
     
  12. Steve Mehs

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    I've been using flash drives since '03, and I've never done it. Never hand any problems either.
     
  13. Ira Lacher

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    Yanked it once on a Windows XP PC and corrupted the Word doc I spent 3 hours writing. Never again. Happened on a Mac too.
     
  14. Canis Lupus

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    Get a Mac will ya?

     
  15. Thaedron

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    Maybe I voted incorrectly. I most always 'eject' the drive. I don't think I've ever done the safely remove hardware thing for USB drives.
     
  16. Thaedron

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    I would have voted 'most of the time' as well, but opted for yes.
     
  17. Grentz

    Grentz New Member

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    Depends on the OS.

    OSX I do as if I dont it screws up the drive for the next time I try to put it in a Windows machine. XP I dont, Vista I dont, 2000 I do as it sometimes can corrupt the drive if you dont. On XP/Vista if the disk is set as portable it should be fine to yank it out as long as it is done reading/writing (you can tell by the status light on the flash drive itself).

    I do properly eject my backup hard disks though, that way I know they have completed writing everything properly and securely.
     
  18. Sirshagg

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    Work - 99% of the time
    Personal - 5% of the time
     
  19. Caddo-Miller

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    I do not, after using my Windows XP USB Drive Hardware properties option to set Policies > Write Caching and Safe Removal > Optimize for Quick Removal (See Attachment).

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  20. Charise

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    I don't know enough NOT to "safely remove" them. I haven't had problems, so I just continue to do it. :)
     

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