Removing FireWire hard drives

This tip was submitted to the SearchWin2000.com tip exchange by member Greg Wishart. Please let other users know how useful it is by rating it below.

I find that it's sometimes difficult to remove FireWire hard drives from my system without shutting down first. Windows complains that the unit cannot be removed because files may be open. However, if you press Start and then hit "Shut down" -- but don't really shut down -- the system seems to flush files to the hard drive and close open system files. You can then safely remove the hard drive without rebooting.

Also, emptying the recycling bin is a good idea before removing an external hard drive because the recycling bin seems to span multiple hard drives. Emptying the bin is another step you can take for safe drive removal.

Requires Free Membership to View

This was first published in February 2004

There are Comments. Add yours.

TIP: Want to include a code block in your comment? Use <pre> or <code> tags around the desired text. Ex: <code>insert code</code>

REGISTER or login:

Forgot Password?
By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy
Sort by: OldestNewest

Forgot Password?

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an email containing your password.

Your password has been sent to:

Disclaimer: Our Tips Exchange is a forum for you to share technical advice and expertise with your peers and to learn from other enterprise IT professionals. TechTarget provides the infrastructure to facilitate this sharing of information. However, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or validity of the material submitted. You agree that your use of the Ask The Expert services and your reliance on any questions, answers, information or other materials received through this Web site is at your own risk.