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Is time a substitute for Safely Remove Hardware?

In Windows 7, before unplugging an external hard disk or flash drive, you are ideally supposed to use the Safely Remove Hardware option to make sure there aren't any writes still pending. Suppose it ...
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Will unplugging a USB key without safely removing it cause problems?

I often pull out the USB stick without having to first eject USB, but so far I have not had any problems. Would this lead to problems in the future?
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Does Windows flush drive caches on standby?

Does Windows flush the drive caches when entering standby mode? It seems like an obvious thing to do and I for one would design it like that if I were on the Windows team, but over the years, I have ...
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Is There A Need To Safely Remove Device If “Quick Removal” Is Enabled?

i have been always ejecting devices from USB prior to removing them from computer and then i thought that if i have "Quick Removal" set, would i still need to eject? What could be the worst case if ...
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External HDD is always in use when trying to safely remove

I have a WD 1TB Elements external hard drive, and every time I use the Windows 7 "safely remove" feature, it gives me a dialog telling that a process is using the disk. Using Sysinternals Process ...
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Windows 7: Safely Remove Hardware keyboard shortcut not working

A popular keyboard shortcut to invoke the Safely Remove Hardware dialog is to use the destination as: Rundll32.exe Shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL HotPlug.dll The dialog that is displayed when this ...