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Eject USB

Wed, 09 Nov 2011

Safely ejecting USB devices is a perennial gotcha for those not in the know, recently brought home to me by a friend who copied some audio books to her Kindle and couldn't find them to play them. What had happened was that she had "copied them" over to the Kindle and then unplugged it. In reality the files had been cached by Windows and were still there when she pulled the plug. The "Safe Eject" feature in Windows flushes the cache, completes writing the file and then ejects the drive. Except it can't do all that if there are files open/running on the device.

EjectUSB is one (of many) solutions to this problem. Running the app will close all apps running on the drive, flush the cache (and a few other things) and then attempt to eject the drive, all automatically. It works very well and even if you can't eject the drive, at least you will know that any incomplete file copies have been finished. Essential for people with portable apps.

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