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USB flashdrive light on

By learninmypc
Feb 24, 2013
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  1. On my USB flashdrives, they have what I'm guessing is a LED that lights up when its plugged in. On my W7 when I click the safe to remove icon the light don't go out like it does on my XP. Is there a NON registry involved way to change it or am I stuck with it? TIA :)
    Size & name brand don't matter.
     
  2. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,473   +622

    Does the light stay solid on when it's plugged in? And it flashes when you're copying/reading stuff to it?

    If yes, this is a 'power' and 'indicator' light in one. You can't turn the LED off unless you take apart the stick.
     
  3. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,302   +238

    Yes & thank you. When I click the safe to remove on my xp, the light goes out letting me know I can remove it. On the W7 it stays on which confused me. Thank you.
     
  4. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,473   +622

    You can confirm that Windows is 'ejecting' it by having Disk Management and Device Manager open at the same time. Before eject, stick should be visible; and gone after eject.

    I have no explanation as to why WinXP turns off the light, apart from maybe it's disabling the entire USB port..? :(
     
  5. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,302   +238

    Ok, on my W7, I get a bubble by the notification area telling me its safe to remove it.
    When it first started happening, I'd shut the W7 down to be safe 'n' not sorry.
     


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