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USB memory stick operation

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Jeff Layman, Jun 14, 2010.

  1. Jeff Layman

    Jeff Layman Flightless Bird

    When I plug a USB memory stick into my XPH SP3 desktop, the memory stick
    light comes on. When I "remove"(eject) it, the light goes off. But
    although it comes on with my Win7x64 HP laptop when I plug it in, it remains
    on even when I have "removed" it, and it is apparently safe to unplug. Is
    this a function of Win7 or the laptop? Either way, it's a bit confusing -
    pity it can't be like XP.

    --

    Jeff
     
  2. Dave \Crash\ Dummy

    Dave \Crash\ Dummy Flightless Bird

    Jeff Layman wrote:
    > When I plug a USB memory stick into my XPH SP3 desktop, the memory stick
    > light comes on. When I "remove"(eject) it, the light goes off. But
    > although it comes on with my Win7x64 HP laptop when I plug it in, it
    > remains on even when I have "removed" it, and it is apparently safe to
    > unplug. Is this a function of Win7 or the laptop? Either way, it's a
    > bit confusing - pity it can't be like XP.
    >

    Can't really answer the question, but with my desktop Windows 7, the
    light stays on.
    --
    Crash

    "Something there is that doesn't love a wall, that wants it down."
    ~ Robert Frost ~
     
  3. Trev

    Trev Flightless Bird

    "Dave "Crash" Dummy" <invalid@invalid.invalid> wrote in message
    news:2loRn.97461$304.52891@newsfe12.iad...
    > Jeff Layman wrote:
    >> When I plug a USB memory stick into my XPH SP3 desktop, the memory stick
    >> light comes on. When I "remove"(eject) it, the light goes off. But
    >> although it comes on with my Win7x64 HP laptop when I plug it in, it
    >> remains on even when I have "removed" it, and it is apparently safe to
    >> unplug. Is this a function of Win7 or the laptop? Either way, it's a
    >> bit confusing - pity it can't be like XP.
    >>

    > Can't really answer the question, but with my desktop Windows 7, the light
    > stays on.
    > --
    > Crash
    >
    > "Something there is that doesn't love a wall, that wants it down."
    > ~ Robert Frost ~


    What even after Removing it :¬) Yes i think the Op meant after ejecting. or
    selecting safely remove. In My case the power light in the stick is on when
    ever its receiving power
     
  4. Dave \Crash\ Dummy

    Dave \Crash\ Dummy Flightless Bird

    Trev wrote:
    >
    > "Dave "Crash" Dummy" <invalid@invalid.invalid> wrote in message
    > news:2loRn.97461$304.52891@newsfe12.iad...
    >> Jeff Layman wrote:
    >>> When I plug a USB memory stick into my XPH SP3 desktop, the memory
    >>> stick light comes on. When I "remove"(eject) it, the light goes
    >>> off. But although it comes on with my Win7x64 HP laptop when I plug
    >>> it in, it remains on even when I have "removed" it, and it is
    >>> apparently safe to unplug. Is this a function of Win7 or the
    >>> laptop? Either way, it's a bit confusing - pity it can't be like XP.
    >>>

    >> Can't really answer the question, but with my desktop Windows 7, the
    >> light stays on.


    > What even after Removing it :¬)


    Yes! And it is growing legs and playing eerie background music!

    > Yes i think the Op meant after ejecting.
    > or selecting safely remove. In My case the power light in the stick is
    > on when ever its receiving power


    Right. I know it is "ejected" because it is no longer shown as a drive
    in Explorer.
    --
    Crash

    "Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are more pliable."
    ~ Laurence J. Peter ~
     
  5. Zaphod Beeblebrox

    Zaphod Beeblebrox Flightless Bird

    "Jeff Layman" <jmlayman@invalid.invalid> wrote in message
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    > When I plug a USB memory stick into my XPH SP3 desktop, the memory
    > stick light comes on. When I "remove"(eject) it, the light goes
    > off. But although it comes on with my Win7x64 HP laptop when I plug
    > it in, it remains on even when I have "removed" it, and it is
    > apparently safe to unplug. Is this a function of Win7 or the
    > laptop? Either way, it's a bit confusing - pity it can't be like
    > XP.
    >


    It appears to be a change introduced with Windows Vista. I liked the
    way XP handled it (turning off the LED when instructed to eject the
    device), but after upgrading to Vista (and then Windows 7), the light
    stays on like you describe.

    --
    Zaphod

    "The best Bang since the Big One" - Eccentrica Gallumbits
     
  6. Jeff Layman

    Jeff Layman Flightless Bird

    "Zaphod Beeblebrox" <Zaphod.Arisztid.Beeblebrox@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:hv5akj$ra3$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    >
    > "Jeff Layman" <jmlayman@invalid.invalid> wrote in message
    > news:hv50gb$13c$1@news.albasani.net...
    >> When I plug a USB memory stick into my XPH SP3 desktop, the memory stick
    >> light comes on. When I "remove"(eject) it, the light goes off. But
    >> although it comes on with my Win7x64 HP laptop when I plug it in, it
    >> remains on even when I have "removed" it, and it is apparently safe to
    >> unplug. Is this a function of Win7 or the laptop? Either way, it's a
    >> bit confusing - pity it can't be like XP.
    >>

    >
    > It appears to be a change introduced with Windows Vista. I liked the way
    > XP handled it (turning off the LED when instructed to eject the device),
    > but after upgrading to Vista (and then Windows 7), the light stays on like
    > you describe.


    My thanks to all the responders. Yet another thing Microsoft fiddled with
    for no good reason and ended up functionally worse than it was with XP.
    Sigh...

    --

    Jeff
     
  7. R. C. White

    R. C. White Flightless Bird

    Hi, Jeff.

    On my desktop and on my new netbook - which I've not learned much about
    yet - there is no light indicating the presence of a USB flash drive. Some
    models of the USB flash drive itself have lights that stay on whenever the
    device is receiving power, as Trev said. When I "Eject" that model drive,
    the light stays lit, blinking slowly. But there is no light on the
    computer, neither a hardware light nor a light onscreen. (Perhaps I could
    set an icon in the Notification Area, but I haven't tried this.)

    In Disk Management, we can right-click on the Disk (not on one of the
    partitions - also called volumes or drives - but in the far-left column of
    the Graphical Display in the lower half of the Disk Management screen), then
    click Properties and then the Policies tab. Here we can choose between
    Optimize for either Quick removal (the default) or for Better performance.
    I always leave this set at Quick removal - and then I never see the "Safely
    remove..." light. All data is written to the device immediately, rather
    than cached to be written later, so it is never unsafe to simply "pull the
    plug" at any time.

    Many other kinds of devices can be plugged into that USB port, and each of
    them will react in a different way. We may remove the flash drive and plug
    in a camera or a card reader or a Bluetooth dongle or something quite
    different, like the 2.4 GHz transceiver for my mouse/keyboard.

    > Is this a function of Win7 or the laptop?


    I'm no expert on this, but it seems to be a combination of Win7, the laptop
    hardware, and the flash drive hardware/driver. And MANY combinations are
    possible.

    RC
    --
    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX
    rc@grandecom.net
    Microsoft Windows MVP
    Windows Live Mail 2009 (14.0.8089.0726) in Win7 Ultimate x64)

    "Jeff Layman" <jmlayman@invalid.invalid> wrote in message
    news:hv50gb$13c$1@news.albasani.net...
    > When I plug a USB memory stick into my XPH SP3 desktop, the memory stick
    > light comes on. When I "remove"(eject) it, the light goes off. But
    > although it comes on with my Win7x64 HP laptop when I plug it in, it
    > remains on even when I have "removed" it, and it is apparently safe to
    > unplug. Is this a function of Win7 or the laptop? Either way, it's a bit
    > confusing - pity it can't be like XP.
    >
    > --
    >
    > Jeff
     
  8. Gene E. Bloch

    Gene E. Bloch Flightless Bird

    On Mon, 14 Jun 2010 11:32:43 +0100, Jeff Layman wrote:

    > When I plug a USB memory stick into my XPH SP3 desktop, the memory stick
    > light comes on. When I "remove"(eject) it, the light goes off. But
    > although it comes on with my Win7x64 HP laptop when I plug it in, it remains
    > on even when I have "removed" it, and it is apparently safe to unplug. Is
    > this a function of Win7 or the laptop? Either way, it's a bit confusing -
    > pity it can't be like XP.


    I've fond that different thumb drives behave differently. I just use the
    Safely Remove Hardware icon in the System Tray and don't worry about the
    lights.

    OK, I do worry a bit...

    --
    Gene E. Bloch (Stumbling Bloch)
     
  9. Gene E. Bloch

    Gene E. Bloch Flightless Bird

    On Mon, 14 Jun 2010 15:59:36 -0700, Gene E. Bloch wrote:

    > On Mon, 14 Jun 2010 11:32:43 +0100, Jeff Layman wrote:
    >
    >> When I plug a USB memory stick into my XPH SP3 desktop, the memory stick
    >> light comes on. When I "remove"(eject) it, the light goes off. But
    >> although it comes on with my Win7x64 HP laptop when I plug it in, it remains
    >> on even when I have "removed" it, and it is apparently safe to unplug. Is
    >> this a function of Win7 or the laptop? Either way, it's a bit confusing -
    >> pity it can't be like XP.

    >
    > I've fond that different thumb drives behave differently. I just use the

    ^^^^
    > Safely Remove Hardware icon in the System Tray and don't worry about the
    > lights.
    >
    > OK, I do worry a bit...


    In English, "fond" originally meant "foolish" - but I meant "found" :)

    --
    Gene E. Bloch (Stumbling Bloch)
     

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