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Ejecting a Kindle Paperwhite

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    Ejecting a Kindle Paperwhite


    Hi all, I got a Kindle Paperwhite today and have noticed something peculiar. When I eject from File Explorer (right click and then eject) I can continue to read. When I eject it from the "Safely remove harware" tray icon this doesn't work - it disappears from File explorer but the Kindle doesn't recognise it has been ejected and still claims it is in USB mode. My old (original) Kindle always worked either way.


    There are lots of posts on Amazon regarding this but no answers (that I can find anyway).

    Does anyone know what is the difference between ejecting a drive from Explorer and the safely remove hardware icon is? clearly they do something different.

    I've already tried changing the write caching settings in Device manager and flushing it with the SysInternals sync.exe but to no avail so I'm a bit stuck.

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    It has been like this for a long time.
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    Not in my case. I had one of the cheap Kindles (without the backlight but with the reading buttons) until last week when I left it on the beach. It worked ejecting using the tray icon . After losing it I thought I'd go for the one with the backlight as it was cheaper than buying the old version and the case with the little torch on as well.

    It is interesting one method of ejecting works and not the other (I can see it is not Windows 8 related - there are similar complains as far back as XP) but the two methods must send different data and one version of Kindle cares and the other doesn't.

    I'm just interested that when I eject from one place it does a different thing to the other (when both flash up a message in the notification area that it is safe to remove incidentally). I guess a rather specific (and not terribly important) bug in one or other companies software.
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Ejecting a Kindle Paperwhite
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