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Cannot safely eject

  1. #1


    Posts : 17
    Windows 8.1

    Cannot safely eject


    Hello

    I have a 1T external hard drive. After I copy to it I do not receive the option to safely eject it even though I've ensured all pages and applications are closed.

    Thanks if you can help.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    Look in device manager Properties for the drive. If write caching is enabled, you probably won't get safely remove/eject. After drive activity ceases and before unplugging or removing an internal from a docking station, I run sync.exe a couple of times to flush file buffers to disk. You can read how it works on the SysInternals page.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 17
    Windows 8.1


    I checked and write caching is not enabled. I downloaded your link but I'm having problems; when I try to open it says cannot open in Photo Gallery?? It's 40KB. Thanks for your reply.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    I just downloaded and opened it with no problem.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 17
    Windows 8.1


    Seemingly I need to open it with a specific program. Don't suppose you know which one?
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  6. #6


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    When you say "try to open it" do you mean Sync.zip or sync.exe? I don't get what's going on. W8 should have built in support for either. It sounds like your Registry file associations may be hosed.

    Edit: sync.exe is a command line program. Press Winkey-x then when the menu pops up, press letter a to get an /admin command prompt. Type in the path to sync.exe such as C:\Users\UserName\Downloads\sync and press Enter.

    Easier to copy sync.exe to a folder that is in your path. Type
    Path and hit enter in command prompt to see which folders are in your path.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 17
    Windows 8.1


    Sync.zip. I clicked on your exe file, it downloaded a zip file, and I can't open it. I'm a luddite and maybe I'm doing it all wrong.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    If you double clicked on Sync.zip and it didn't open then you have problems. See this tutorial

    Default File Associations - Restore in Windows 8
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  9. #9


    Posts : 17
    Windows 8.1


    Do I need to extract files?
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  10. #10


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Trevoir View Post
    Do I need to extract files?
    You should extract sync.exe to a folder in your path.
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