vista- safely remove hardware

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Rusty, May 18, 2007.

  1. Rusty

    Rusty Guest

    When I click "safely remove hardware" and select the appropriate USB memory
    stick, I get the message that it is safe to remove the device - but the
    activity light on the stick does not go out - it does go out with my other
    laptops and desktops running XP or Windows 2000.
    Is it actually safe to remove if the activiy light is still on?
    Rusty, May 18, 2007
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  2. Rusty

    Uwe Sieber Guest

    Yes, if Vista says that it's safe then it is. Letting the
    light on is a new 'feature' of Vista.

    Uwe Sieber, May 18, 2007
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  3. Rusty

    Delboy Guest


    I have 4 card sockets on the front of my Home Premium box. When I used the
    Safely remove facility, the USB storage devices (Drives F G H I) are not
    recognised until I reboot. (The Add new hardware wizard is singularly
    unhelpful USB Devices not listed)
    Is this is another Vista "improvement"? Or is my wizard "broken".

    Delboy, May 18, 2007
  4. Rusty

    Uwe Sieber Guest

    This works the same way since Windows 2000, this time no reason
    to blame Vista.

    'safely remove hardware' does what it's named, it removes the hardware
    and this is your cardreader. No way to bring it back apart from
    disconnecting and reconnecting it.
    Internal cardreaders shold not be marked as removable devices but
    apparently all USB devices are assumed being removable. Unfortunally
    there is no way to configure if a device is listed in the safely
    remove facility.

    You want to remove the card from the slot, so 'eject' it: Right-click
    the drive, select 'Eject'.

    Greetings from Germany

    Uwe Sieber, May 19, 2007
  5. Rusty

    Delboy Guest

    Thanks Uwe,

    I misunderstood and thought this referred to removing the card only.

    I withdraw my "complaint". :-}

    Delboy in UK
    Delboy, May 20, 2007
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    Denwah Guest

    The light going out was a good feature, at least it let you know that the
    power had been switched off and it was safe to remove the hardware. As usual
    windows has taken a step backwards IMO.
    Denwah, Jan 20, 2008
  7. Rusty

    Leigh Guest

    You can also go to the newsgroup:

    for some help with this Dell newsgroup. They may be able to answer other
    questions you may have about your Dell computer.

    Leigh, Jan 20, 2008
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    David Guest

    When I want to unplug my USB external HD, or mini-DV camera, or printer, I
    just unplug it. Never had a problem.
    David, Jan 21, 2008
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    Greg Guest

    You probably just aren't smart enough to notice any difference in your
    Greg, Jan 23, 2008
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