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Safely remove USB HDD impossible (NTFS issue?)

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New to Win 7 64bit (Pro) and have had multiple / diverse issues trying to move data from old XP machine on to this new unit but am almost done. I'm on my 3rd different portable HDD and have finally found some success with a Buffalo USB 250gb HDD and formatting it NTSF so I could move some very large files over. The files transferred and I'm happy.  But now I can't "safely eject" the device as it's not showing up as USB but instead as "Local Drive" (drive letter I:). In disk management it's showing as "Healthy" and "Primary Partition". It is listed as Disk 5, not removable but "Basic" and "Online". Obviously my "Safely Eject" icon is missing as I apparently don't have a removable object attached to the system. I suppose if I can find the device in Device Manager I could 'stop it' (or of course I can shut down the system and unplug it) but I'd like to be able to use this device frequently for backups (as I only have one HDD internal) but I don't want to have to go through all this hassle every time I plug it in.

I've google'd and Bing'd around enough to know that attaching USB storage is giving LOTS of people headaches in Win7 (and probably earlier OS's as well) so I know that I may have multiple issues at play.

Please let me know if I can provide other info or screen shots to help solve this problem. And THANK YOU for reading this far even if you can't help!
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