07-06-2008, 06:05 PM
| | Re: External Hard Drive And "Safely Remove Hardware"
In article <ug7ck.241047$yE1.96932@attbi_s21>, email@example.com
>> Sometimes, when I use "Safely Remove Hardware" (Win XP Pro) it will
>> say something to the effect of "Try again later" and I hear no activity in
>> the hard drive.
>> What risk (s) am I taking by diconnecting the drive when "Safely Remove"
>> says to wait ??
>Data loss. Operations can be cached, and if you prematurely disconnect
>your drive, they can be lost.
>If you're using XP, get the Hardware Properties of the device in
>question. (Right-click the drive in My Computer, Select Properties. Go
>to the Hardware tab, select the drive again and click Properties
>button.) On the Policies tab, you should find an option that marginally
>controls the write caching for the drive. This may or may not alter the
>way your drive behaves.
Thanks for your response. I did as you suggested and found the box indicating
"No caching" checked. So, hopefully, when I hear no activity, I can "safely"
remove the drive without losing data. Thanks, again.