Well, from what I've learned:
1. Do not use "safely remove" with flash drives. Simply give them a moment
after using them, and then unplug them.
2. Windows shows SATA drives in the "safely remove" because it is
translating them. Since you are going to shut down before removing them in
any event, there is no practical use for their appearance in "safely remove"
from a our standpoint.
3 Just ignore both conditions.
I don't know about the drive in the enclosure, but unless you changed it's
attributes to allow delayed writing, not the default, you can remove it the
same as above. Safely Remove would be used if it were using delayed write,
which mine do since I am on an uninterruptable power supply to avoid
possible data loss from delayed write. If any running software is using any
of these devices, you can't "safely remove" them anyway.
I hope this helps.
"Nick Budd" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> Andrew wrote:
>> The same thing just started happening to my machine; I'm using Vista
>> Ultimate. I've been wrestling with an Acomdata Drive Enclosure for a few
>> weeks now, trying to use my old hard drive as a mass storage device and
>> recover a few personal files--the enclosure would work with Vista for
>> awhile, then suddenly stop working. The last time I tried to get the
>> enclosure to work, I tried assigning it a new drive letter: K. That
>> didn't change the situation, and now my C and D drives are suddenly
>> appearing as removable storage devices. I'm worried I'm going to
>> accidently click on them when I try to unmount my flash drive. (Oh, and
>> the hard drive in the enclosure still shows at start up, via the safe
>> removal icon, as a kind of phantom USB mass storage device, even though
>> the device isn't plugged in.)
>> Everything else seems to be working fine. Should I worry about this?
>> Take care,
>> Andrew (I'm using my partner's Windows account)
>> "Mervyn" wrote:
>>> Hello everyone,
>>> Something strange seems to be happening after I updated Windows
>>> yesterday. I have the home basic version.
>>> My hard disk is being displayed as a removal drive. There is the icon
>>> "Safely Remove Hardware" in the system tray now.
>>> Is this normal?
> I've got exactly the same problem as both posters. Anyone know if this
> could have been caused by an update and if so which one?
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