External Hard Drive spinning after "safely remove"

  1s2a3l 01:26 11 Apr 08

My external HDD (which runs on USB - no power outlet) keeps spinning even after I click on "Safely Remove Hardware". Vista responds with the message: It is now safe to remove the Drive. However, should I be concerned when pulling the USB cable out as the drive is spinning and suddenly halts when the USB cable is pulled out.

  €dstowe 07:47 11 Apr 08

I don't have USB powered external drives but, the ones I have do continue to spin after completing the "Safely Remove Hardware" procedure until I turn off the power. An exception is the WD My Book drives which do shut themselves down (the other drives are ones which I have placed in an external caddy myself).

  wee eddie 13:15 11 Apr 08

that the "Safely Remove Hardware" parks the "Reading Heads" so you should be OK if there is no Power Switch.

  woodchip 13:45 11 Apr 08

When you choose Safely remove, is nothing to do with drive spinning. It does that as soon as you plug it in unless its got a on off switch. Safely remove means it will not be writing to the drive when you pull the plug

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