Coming back to the 'remove device' icon, the 'unplug thingy'...
Some have said that, sometimes, Windows won't allow them to remove or unplug the device.
Well, it happens to me fairly frequently (at least twice a week) with my external hard drives.
I've tried everything : sysinternal handle app., closing all the opened programs, chosing the 'optimize for quick removal' option, etc.
What I now do -- when I don't want to sit for two hours in front of my laptop for Windows to finaly decide when it's safe to remove my device (!) -- is that I put my laptop in hibernation or standby mode, and then remove the HDs: sometimes, just putting it IN and then OUT of standby will allow me to safely remove the device, but... *most of the time*, it won't, and I'll just remove the device while the computer is 'off'.
UNtil now, I haven't had any 'corruption' problems. But the fear of having to deal with that problem is still there.
What do you guys think off my workaround? Do you think filesystem cache would be flushed, and device being, hum, unmounted more cleanly ?
Is it safer than just unplugging the damn external HDs while the computer is on ? I'd hope so... But.