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Where is my "safely remove hardware" icon in Windows XP?

I want to safely remove my Buffalo drive and for the life of me I can't find the right icon... help.

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Re: where is my "safely remove hardware" icon in Windows...

b938e76.jpg plz double click on the symbol to right hand side bottom.and stop the device.and then u can safely remove the device.

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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."
Click start all programs accessories windows explorer navigate to your usb drive right click on it select remove or exit.

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you should always remove the usb hard drive through the safely remove hardware option once plugged in there should be a green tick in the

bottom toolbar in xp in W7 will be the white triangle just click on these and you will see the safely remove hardware option

if you dont use this method you might damage the drive

You have to be the computers administrator to change any values on any hard drive on your computer

click start control panel user accounts on the users tab click the name of the computer administrator you must have full control

click start click to open on my computer you should see your usb drive could be E: or something right click select properties there will be an array of options

select the sharing tab option then advanced sharing make sure you have a tick in the share this folder box

then click permissions make sure you have all 3 boxes ticked full control changes and read in windows 7

click start control panel user accounts click on the administrators account if you have made one or you will have to create one in windows XP

click start right click on my computer select open
Right click the icon of your usb drive (It should be E:/ or something)
Click Properties in the menu that comes up
Click the Sharing tab
Click permissions
And finally, click Allow next to Full Control.

if you need more help with this post a reply

hope it helps

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I cannot eject my buffalo ministation HD-PCU2 and when I remove it safely, a message prompts and says "device is currently in use. Close any programs or windows that might be using the device."...

Hi Welcome to FixYa!
I am having the same scenario too sometimes.. What i usually do if the drive is not in use, I turn off the computer first then unplug my external hdd. in that case, the computer is completely off as well as the drive. But if you feel like its a hassle of turning down the machine for you to remove the drive, you could try the following steps:
There is a setting for the USB drives which tells the OS how to optimize their usage. Either it is optimized for Quick Removal or for Performance. To check it, do the following:
-Right click on the USB drive icon in My Computer. -Select the Hardware tab. -Select your USB drive and click on Properties. -Now click on Policies tab.


Optimize for Quick removal This setting disables write caching on the disk so that you can disconnect this drive without using theSafely Remove Hardware icon.
Optimize for Performance This setting enables the write caching on the disk so as to improve disk performance. To disconnect this drive, you should use the Safely Remove Hardware icon so as not to hurt your USB drive.
Hope this would help!

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I have a buffalo external drive. The last time it works is on my auntie's mac laptop, message prompt that i have to reformat the disk. It made me think that files are corrupted. I remove it hoping that...

If the Buffalo had been formatted on a MAC their file format is HPFS and is not compatible with Windows. To be able to exchange data between the Mac and Windows the Buffalo external drive needs to be formatted on Windows XP in FAT 32 (not NTFS). Then the Mac can read and write data on this external drive as well as Windows XP.

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How do I disconnect (uninstall) a WD External Hard Drive from my computer? I am using a WD 3200AAK WD External Hard Drive and want to install a 1 TB WD External Hard Drive. I would like to use the old one...

External hard drives don't need any program installed on your computer to run. Your operating system Windows, Linux should handle it as soon as you plug the usb in your computer. The programs included in your WD external hard drive are tools to backup your data.

If you try to hook up your hard drive to a Windows prior to XP, maybe your computer will not handle it.

It is always safer to safely remove your drive using the green arrow icon in the lower right corner of your screen. This way, the drive is shut down properly and you minimize chances of fails when you plug it again on another computer.

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Yes the drive is compatible with XP. I have seen a slightly higher than normal # of problems with their 1TB models so this may just be a batch problem. My suggestion if there's nothing crucial on the drive is to return it an purchase a different brand.

If it's not returnable you'll have to settle for asking Buffalo for a replacement. If there's crucial data on it you will need the help of a recovery pro. In that case, comment back with your Country, State and City and I will point you to a nearby Recovery facility.

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right click on my computer click manage, then in the new screen click on disk management, can you see the device there? if so right click on it and click delete partition, then after right click and make a partition and format it with a quick format, this should then show it in mycomputer ,this will delete all data on the hard drive!

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sure you the bottom of the tray on right, should be a safely remove or add hardware icon. If it's there, then use it..if not, you'll find it through the Help screen.

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