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Can W7 turn off the LED light on a flash drive when safely removed?

Under Windows XP, when I "safely Remove" an attached USB drive, windows turns off the drive's LED light and then reports that its safe to remove.

Under Windows 7, when I "safely Remove" an attached USB drive, windows fails to turn off the drive's LED light, but does report that its safe to remove.

Is there a setting in Windows 7 that would turn off the LED?  

TIA - Ed
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silverkornCommented:
as per:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2401954

you will need to edit some registry values to have Windows 7 revert back to how Windows XP operated
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Darr247Commented:
I implemented the Per-Device Setting part of that KB for a couple Sandisk Cruzers here
(USB\VID_0781&PID_5406&REV_0010 and USB\VID_0781&PID_5406&REV_0200, or 078154060010 and 078154060200)
but it does not turn off their LEDs as XP did, though Device Manager does confirm when 'Safely Remove' has been invoked...
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Ed CovneyRetiredAuthor Commented:
I  tried the "Global Setting"change - no difference, the lights remains lit.

I have 30+ identical usb drives and generally keep 3 or 4 installed simultaneously plugged into a 7-port hub. If I don't remember the order they went in (drive letter), and remove just one, which do I pull?  

I checked for an instance of "SoftRemove" in an XP registry - nothing.

I also tried both USM device properties (quick removal - def) & (better performance - write cache) also to no avail.

- Stymied for now.
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silverkornCommented:
make sure the DWORD value you created, DisableOnSoftRemove, was placed within the hubg folder within the usbhub folder
\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\usbhub\hubg\

also make sure to reboot the computer after applying the new setting for it to take effect
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Darr247Commented:
I don't know why the 'per device' method in that KB doesn't turn off the LED on my thumbdrives, but the global method does work for me.
Win7 - Turn Off USB LED on 'Safely Remove'
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Ed CovneyRetiredAuthor Commented:
After back-ups, I rebooted last night and that did the trick. I put the change in a reg file:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\usbhub\HubG]
"DisableOnSoftRemove"=dword:00000001

Thanks again for your help - Ed
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