do you use USB Safely Remove to power off your usb hard disk?

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  1. mantra

    mantra Registered Member

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    Hi

    do you use USB Safely Remove to power off your usb hard disk ?

    i did notice that the windows 7 usb safe remove doesn't power off my drives

    they are still working

    i tried USB Safely Remove 5.2.1 and it can power off 100% and "return back the drive"

    do you use it?
    or is there a free alternative for it?

    thanks
     
  2. pandlouk

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    No need to use any program to get back the "soft remove + disable usb port" like it was on 2000/xp. You can restore this function as per device setting or as a global setting.
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2401954
    Panagiotis
     
  3. mantra

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    thanks Panagiotis but this doesn't power down my drive like USB Safely Remove 5.2.1
    mayb i did something wrong

    did you try USB Safely Remove 5.2.1 ?

    thanks
     
  4. Victek

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    I've used it and Zentimo as well. They are both nice enhancements to the standard Windows USB app which I believe just flushes the write buffer. I'm not aware of a free alternative, but it's also not necessary to keep upgrading USB Safely Remove in my experience. You can keep using an older version unless they add a new feature you need.
     
  5. pandlouk

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    Yes, I have tried "USB Safely Remove" but uninstalled it after a while.

    Are you sure that you done it correctly? Create a new text file and copy/paste the following string:
    then change the extension of the file from txt to reg and doubleclick it. Regedit will insert the string to the registry and after a reboot you'll be able to eject and power off the usb devices.

    Panagiotis
     
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    I have completely removed the USB Safely Remove software from Windows XP, I just turn off the drive, been working for years and removes it every time :argh:
     
  7. mantra

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    thanks i did it
    but i found USB Safely Remove able to power off the drive
    the registry key doesn't it
    i'm running w7 sp1 64bit
     
  8. mantra

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    Panagiotis works like a charm!!!! thanks
    you know i was under a very limeted account created by me , i did log in like administrator and works!

    you know what i need some tweek free software like the lengendary "x-setup" for windows 7 to tweak some registry key after a fresh install


    might you raccomand some free software?
    i know only giga tweaker & ultimate windows tweaker 2.2 but they have not this feature , and they miss many important tweaks



    thanks Panagiotis
     
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  9. Noob

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    I've always done it with my "important" USB flash devices and HDD's. If it contains nothing important then i dont really care.

    To be honest, im not even sure what it does but i just do it to be sure. LOL
     
  10. NGRhodes

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    Just a bit of background info. USB selective suspend is know to cause issues, which is why it has not been the default [for all devices] for a long time. USB drivers for specific devices can choose to have this option on by default.

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/817900
     
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    I have used USB Safely Remove but it crashes under full DEP so I do not have it currently installed.

    If all you want is the ability to have it shut down your drives on Windows 7 or newer you can use USBDeview from Nirsoft
    -http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

    It has an option in the menu to do the same thing. It is also a useful tool for many other reason and is free.
     
  12. pandlouk

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    You are welcome. :)

    I am not a great fan of tweak utilities but the one I would recommend is Advanced System Tweaker, mainly because it displays all the modifications that each tweak performs.

    Panagiotis
     
  13. J_L

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    Is it really that convenient having software power off and turn back on your external HDD? I'd only see the use if you put it in some hard to reach place.

    I prefer Windows own Safely Remove Hardware, but unfortunately the tray icon is slow and there is no eject context-menu item in Windows Explorer for HDD's.
     
  14. mantra

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    thanks
    seems x-setup the best ever made ,but with few tweaks
     
  15. mantra

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    i guess so
    because w7 doesn't power off , i guess it's more safe power off
    but honestly i'm not sure
     
  16. coffeetime

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    USBSR/Zentimo doesn't power down fixed multi drive laptops or pc internals. Hotswap! remove then hard drive power switch and externals.
     
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