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What to do when you are not able to safely remove hardware

Windows sometimes does not allow you to safely remove hardware despite of closing all explorer windows as well as all the applications using the drive. It can be very annoying more so when you have to rush somewhere with it.

So here's the trick. Open task manager and click processes see if any video players(usual culprits) that you may have used to play media from the USBdrives such as powerdvd, media player classic are still running.If they are click on them and click end process. If they are not then click on explorer and click end process.

Your taskbar will disappear but dont fear. Just click File on the task manager and click new task. Type in explorer and click ok.

Explorer will start again and your taskbar will re-appear. Now use safely remove hardware to disconnect it and it will be done. If not check if any other applications that you have used to run files from the usb are still running and terminate them using task manager and try again.

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It's always a good practice to safely remove your USB flash drive before unplugging it from your computer.
This prevents data loss and extends the life of your external storage device.
Removing a flash drive from your computer is very easy and doesn't take a long time to do.

Close all files you accessed from the flash drive.
This is necessary for the device to be removed properly.
Don't forget to save your files before closing the files.
Right-click the "USB" icon marked with a checkmark.
It is located on the bottom right of your taskbar.
From the pop-up menu, click "Safely Remove Hardware."
A small window will be displayed.
Select the USB flash drive you want to unplug then click the "Stop" button.
A confirmation window will appear. Click the appropriate hardware device, then click "OK."
The "Safe to Remove Hardware" window will inform you that it's now safe to unplug the USB flash drive from your computer.
Click "OK," then click "Close."
or
Click start all programs accessories windows explorer navigate to your usb drive right click on it select remove or exit.

Jul 27, 2013 | SanDisk Computers & Internet

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Portable Hard drive. first time used. Green light is steady, attempts to remove say can interupt at this time.


I'm assuming you are using windows...

You need to close anything that has files open from the hard drive. Even having a Windows Explorer window or "My Computer" window open will cause the drive to be in use. Close these and you should be able to use the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon in the system tray.

Jun 23, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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Flash 9 freezes after 1st. video plays on The Fan.


Lets Start from here:

Before you install Shockwave Player for any Windows browser, uninstall all previous versions.
In order to remove the Shockwave player, simply use the file UNWISE.EXE located in C:\WINDOWS\system32\Adobe\Shockwave 11. Windows users can also use the Add/Remove programs located in the Windows control panel. This will remove the Shockwave 10 player
For the Shockwave 8 and 8.5 there is an uninstaller available from the Web Players page.
Note: All applications must be closed before you run the Shockwave Player uninstaller. Quit all running applications, including all Internet Explorer or other browser windows, and all Instant Messenger clients. Check the Windows system tray carefully to make certain no applications which might possibly use Shockwave Player are still in memory.
After you have removed previous versions, you are ready to download and/or install Shockwave Player.

Before installing Shockwave Player, please check the following browser settings:
Internet Explorer ActiveX settings

Browser security settings should be chosen by you or by your system administrator. For single users who do not have an administrator, the Medium: Default Level allows you to view Shockwave content. For any Custom Level, ensure that both the "Download Signed ActiveX controls" and "Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins" options are set to "Prompt".

To change security level in Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer.
2. Choose Tools > Internet Options.
3. Select the Security tab.
4. Select Custom Level.
5. Find the section "ActiveX controls and plug-ins".
6. Set ' Download Signed ActiveX Controls' to Prompt.
7. Set 'Run ActiveX Controls And Plug-ins' to Prompt.

If you are having trouble installing, make sure that your Internet Explorer security level is not set to High or to a custom level that does not allow viewing of ActiveX controls.
Computer user permissions

User permissions determine whether or not you are allowed to install ActiveX controls or plug-ins. If you don't have Administrator access to Windows XP SP2, or Vista you may not be able to install Shockwave Player successfully. Administrative privileges are required for the Windows system registry and for the C:\WINDOWS\system32\Adobe\Shockwave folder.
If the ActiveX Control for Shockwave Player fails to install, download the executable installer.

If the information above has not resolved the issue, download the executable Shockwave Player installer here:

* Download and latest Shockwave Player Installer.

Save this installer to your desktop, close out all applications, and run the installer. This may help if you are having trouble with the ActiveX installation from Adobe.com. To confirm that Shockwave Player has installed successfully, please click here. The two movies will show if you have Flash and Shockwave Players installed. The version numbers of the both Players will be displayed in the test movie.

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Safely Remove Hardware


Sometimes this can happen with Generic Drivers.

Make sure you installed any drivers that came with the device, and if they didn't come with any try going to the Manufactures website and downloading the drivers.

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