Simple Solutions for USB Storage Problems
Posted 25 February 2008 - 10:30 AM
"One reason for NTFS's faster speed is that it caches writes. ... Unplugging a flash drive before you get the "safe to remove" message is more likely to cause a problem if that drive is formatted in NTFS."
I'm addressing the above 2 points. In Vista, you can avoid having to deal with this problem in the 1st place by simply "Optimizing (usb drives) for Quick Removal".
In Windows Explorer, rt click on any drive; select Properties; select Hardware; hilight the Drive in question from amongst the drives listed; select Properties; select Policies; select "Optimize for Quick Removal"; click ok.
The safe removal icon will continue to appear on the system tray in the lower rt hand corner of your screen, but henceforth pulling out a usb drive will no longer elicit the warning message that ordinarily would ensue. Note that this disables "write-caching" on NTFS drives, but I haven't noticed any performance issues.
Posted 26 February 2008 - 10:30 AM
However, the freeware Unlocker (http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker) also does a great job of identifying clingy processes and stopping them to release a USB drive.
I hope this is helpful.
Posted 26 May 2008 - 12:37 PM
drive, and a point you failed to mention could be as
simple as looking under Disk Management, and see what
drive letter your USB device is trying to use. I use a
laptop for work so I have corporate drives, that still
take up a drive letter.
Sometimes the USB Stick will launch as a Drive letter
that is already taken.
All you have to do is go to Right Click on My computer
go to Manage and then Disk Management.
You will see the Device there and can change the drive
Posted 15 April 2011 - 06:49 PM
This post has been edited by AgentF: 15 April 2011 - 06:52 PM
Posted 10 May 2012 - 01:22 PM