Do you remove your flash drives by using the safely remove hardware icon?

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  1. mace

    mace i don't read

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    Or do you just remove it without doing that? I mean there's really no reason to use that icon unless you have write caching enabled on the device.
     
  2. DAN513

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    I don't bother doing the safe removal
     
  3. P07r0457

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    yes, I do.
     
  4. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    i do, just by habit. suse and osx both bitch at you if you pull it out, without unmounting it first. i've found that sometimes in suse, i'll write something to my flash, pull it out, put it in another computer and it's not there
     
  5. MrBrotato

    MrBrotato New Member

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    Not usually. If you go to your device manager and look at the device you can turn off caching if it isn't already off which makes it unnecessary to safely remove. This is what I do for my thumb drive and digital camera. If I am using someone else's computer where I haven't done this then I always do, in case it isn't off by default.
     
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    This is because of caching I mention above. I'm not sure how you can disable it in other operating systems though.
     
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    I admit that i don't unmount it... i know that i should, but i guess i'm just lazy. I'll probably bitch about it the one time i lose something important because of not 'safely removing' it.
     
  8. The Weasel

    The Weasel Lakers, Packers, Flyers, Backpacking, Halo Crew OT Supporter

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    I just wait till the light stops flashing on the Flash drive.
     
  9. Frequency

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    I do it, and you are supposed to do it b/c you could power surge the device, ive seen it happen with iPods and thumb drives
     
  10. Stilgar1973

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    I destroyed a thumb drive (a cheap thumb drive) by removing it without disabling it.
    I wasn't paying attention to what I was doing, it was writing to the thumb drive - blammm. Drive and all information gone.
     
  11. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    I don't. I just wait a few seconds after I finish saving my file or whatever; that's all the Safely Remove thingy does anyway.
     
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    you get that error often, deuse?
     
  14. deusexaethera

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    Only when I write a custom app to pop the error onscreen so I can take a screenshot.

    Go have some pot roast.
     
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    ironically, I don't like potrost.
     
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    and for the record, no, I never use the remove hardware icon for my flash drives.
     
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    On Gentoo i just run sync after my file transfer and after that I dont give a fuck.
     
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    If I remember to safely remove I will
     
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    Coottie BOOMER......SOONER OT Supporter

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    I safely remove every single time because one time....long ago, I didn't and my data didn't get to my drive. Imagine my horror when I had deleted the file only to find it wasn't on my flash drive.

    it only takes a second and once I had my OS class I learned a good reason to always do it.....because the OS my not write your entire file eventhough you've requested that it do this. There are write buffers and if your file doesn't fill it up, the OS may wait till it's full before writing the file. If you remove it before without doing a safely remove, your data my not be copied to it. Safely remove forces the buffer to flush.

    So might as well be safe.
     
  20. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    pyehac if she's old enough to cross the street, she's old

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    I do it.

    What's funny is that all of the non-tech students at college didn't do it, and began wondering why they lost their files w/out closing the application first.
     
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    Dont buy shitty drives.
     
  23. TheHunter

    TheHunter Unprofessional Lurker

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    Never use it. They are hot swappable for a reason. Never lost data... I wait for it to finish writing to the drive before removing it.

    My kids showed me how to screw your USB drivers though... take any device, and connect/disconnect over and over as fast as you can just to hear the sounds windows makes.....
     
  24. deusexaethera

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    Those children are in need of a little good, old-fashioned physical abuse.
     
  25. Roadkill_ak_47

    Roadkill_ak_47 Support your local Pirate

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    i know when im done writing to that drive/devices.

    i'm a yanker.
     

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