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Physical button for "safely eject removable media" in Windows

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Is there a product out there that can be a PHYSICAL button that performs the "safely eject removable media" function in Windows?

We have a server which uses external hard drives for backups. An employee rotates the hard disk every morning.

The employee doesn't have the rights, nor the knowledge, to actually remote to the server and safely eject the hard drive properly. So... they've just been yanking it. This has caused problems with the disks getting corrupted etc. and we need a solution.

It would be great if the employee could push some kind of a physical "eject" button sitting ontop or near the server, wait for a light to turn green, and THEN disconnect the hard drive, without having to actually remote into the server.

Does such a product exist?
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Dave Baldwin earned 250 total points
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No.  "safely eject removable media" function is a software procedure that involves flushing the disk buffers and making sure that all the files and directory entries have been written.  You need to either get them the training and permissions or have someone help them who is authorized.
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There is a physical button but it comes attached to a RDX backup drive so you would have to buy one of them plus some cartridges (which are disk drives in shockproof cases).
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I agree with DaveBaldwin.

If this person is trusted with handling the disks that contain the backups they should be trusted with the necessary permissions and given the proper training on performing this procedure correctly.

I would be a simple matter for taking screen shots and making "idiot-proof" instructions.

Either that or they need a tape solution that will eject the tape when the job has completed.
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Some usb boxes come with a power button on the back side. Consider it. But if the data s being written to the drive and the drive is turned off at this time be sure the whole data on drive will be bad. So better to use standard safely remove key.
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I guess I'll probably be able to convince them to let the person who is rotating the disks get access to the server to do the safely remove hardware.

Is there no way to automate this, though?
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There is a program called Safely Remove 5.1: http://safelyremove.com/blog/en/usbsafelyremove-5-1-final
Even of it doesvnot fulfill all your needs it can ease them.
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You might be able to have your backup program run a batch file, when completed, to execute the program noxcho suggested if it has command line features.
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