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Safely Remove >> My Hard Drive ??

Posted on 2009-03-29
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I have a laptop running Vista Home, it has a Hitachi SCSI hard drive, unlike other machines ive used when i use the safely remove on the taskbar to say unplug a USB flash drive, i also see the choice to "safely remove" the hard drive that the operating system is on... Im thinking you would never want to do this, is there a way to disable it appearing in the list of drives that you can choose to "safely remove" to avoid accidentally picking this and causing a system crash.. Or is there some reason why you would want to be able to do this? Many thanks experts..
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Try it (make a backup first ).

If the device is in use, it should tell you it cannot remove the drive.
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by:garycase
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While it's possible, I suspect your system does not have a SCSI drive => it most likely has a SATA drive.   When SATA drives are running in AHCI mode, they can be hot-swapped; and are thus shown as "safely removeable".   I suspect, however, that the system will, as leew noted, tell you the device is busy and can't be removed if you try it.

It won't "hurt" anything to try it => if it actually allows it, you'll simply have to power off and then reboot the system.
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by:Benboben
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Thanks for the comments, Garycase, your right it says its in use and cant stop etc, the drive is a Hitachi HTS541616J9S according to the safely remove message.  Im guessing there is no way to stop it appearing in the choices of things to remove?
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I'm not aware of any way to remove it from the list of choices.   There MAY be a registry mod that would do that, but I've not done any extensive searching for that (and haven't seen it listed anywhere).

For your system drive this isn't really a problem -- it will never remove it (you'll always get the "busy" indication).   When it can be a pain is for an internal USB device -- e.g. a built-in card reader device.   If you "safely remove" one of those, it won't be restored until Windows is booted with it physically disconnected ==> i.e. you have to open the case; unplug the internal USB connection; reboot; shut down; plug the internal connection in ... and THEN you'll get your card reader(s) back.

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by:Benboben
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Gary thanks.. good work !
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Isn't that what I said?  This should have been a split.
"If the device is in use, it should tell you it cannot remove the drive."
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