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Question about FTV and thumb drives

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Delroy E Walleye, Jun 19, 2017.

  1. Delroy E Walleye

    Delroy E Walleye AllStar

    Jun 9, 2012
    I thought maybe someone around here might know something more than I can find out by looking around the net (including Amazon itself and Google).

    It seems that the later OS versions of the Fire TV box have no provision for ejecting thumb drives.

    My question is, is there really any real possibility of "damage" to worry about to the drive or its files by not "ejecting?"

    Other than putting up with Windows being "annoyed" by the "corrupted" drive, should I be concerned?

    "Googled" answers apply to older OS, and one user's solution of an ES app doesn't work. (I think that particular user has a one-point higher OS, if that makes any difference. I really don't need any other management that app provides).

    I haven't confirmed 100% yet of whether "pulling the plug" works or not. I'll be trying that some more, but what an annoyance!

    Every other device I've ever used, be it a computer, a capture box, a stand-alone "server" with playback capabilities, to even my latest two televisions themselves, has an "eject" feature for USB drives.

  2. Cholly

    Cholly Old Guys Rule! DBSTalk Club

    Mar 22, 2004
    I'm not familiar with the FireTV, but my guess is that if it is powered off, you can remove the thumb drive safely. Obviously, you'd have to disconnect the 12 volt supply
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2017
  3. Delroy E Walleye

    Delroy E Walleye AllStar

    Jun 9, 2012

    Yeah, that was another suggestion (which I've just confirmed doesn't work, either).

    I guess at this point it will have to remain a curiosity (as well as a nuisance) if I continue to use USB thumb drives with that device.

    Also, I seem to have a memory that Windows might've had a way to set up thumb drives so they would be able to be removed without "damage" by not "unmounting" them first. I may look into that, as well.

    So far, no real "damage" has occurred. Just the annoyances.

    (The FTV does have a micro SD card slot, but I find the thumb drives less-cumbersome to handle and more convenient to deal with than those tiny little cards.)
  4. dmspen

    dmspen Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Dec 1, 2006
    Los Gatos,...
    Corruption occurs when a drive is removed while being written to. Otherwise no issue. Make a backup
  5. Delroy E Walleye

    Delroy E Walleye AllStar

    Jun 9, 2012
    Menu restart of the FTV box, then pulling the power at the moment picture disappears seems to work to accomplish proper "unmounting" of the thumb drive.

    (Just an FWIW "update," since incidentally discovered.)

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