Problem removing thumb drive in Vista

By dms96960 ยท 4 replies
Jan 11, 2008
  1. I just purchased a Lenovo x61s laptop with Vista Ultimate. I have noticed that when I have a thumb drive in the USB port, when I click on the remove drive icon I hear the blip and see the message that it is safe to remove the drive BUT the light on the drive remains on (it turns off on my other computer with XP).

    1. Why is it doing this?
    2. Should I trust the message that it is safe to remove the drive and ignore the light?

  2. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TS Evangelist Posts: 3,908

    I can't say for sure, but the light on mine also stays on, and have never had any issues removing it after given the ok
  3. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    As long as the light is NOT flashing then it's safe to remove. When it's flashing, data is being written to it.

    I've noticed this too on different flash (pen) drives
    My understanding is it's just the power light not the data transfer

    Most of these drives also disconnect power I suppose
  4. dms96960

    dms96960 TS Addict Topic Starter Posts: 297   +59

    Thanks for the info. My mind is now at ease!
  5. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Yeh I've noticed that in Vista as well. I don't think it is anything to worry about. It happens in OS X too, when you 'eject' the drive the light stays on.
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