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Thread: Correct way to unplug USB thumb drive?

  1. #21

    Default Re: Correct way to unplug USB thumb drive?

    under windoze xp, it's safe to unplug any CF/MS/MMC/SD/XD/thumbdrive cards w/o needing to stop/eject the drive if write-caching is disabled. windoze term it as Optimize for quick removal.

    however, if write-caching is enabled (for optimized performance) for these removable drives, it is important to stop the drive before taking out the drive.

    you can check if write-caching is enable under device manager, disk drives and its associated Policies tabsheet.

  2. #22

    Default Re: Correct way to unplug USB thumb drive?

    Hahaha...

    +1 to learnt the hard way also..
    My MP3 suddenly died.. lucky format + firmware upgrade helped...

    But I have to add tt it's actually quite safe to just plug it out, when u know tt nothing's reading/writing to the device. But... sh!t happens...

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    Last edited by AReality; 15th October 2005 at 12:09 AM.

  3. #23

    Default Re: Correct way to unplug USB thumb drive?

    From what i read on the instruction sheet of my thumb drive:
    Unplug only if the light is not blinking fast (ie reading/ writing)

    So far so good, this method works for me.
    If your thumb drive has no blinker for u to see, it's better to use the safe remove hardware method

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