Cannot remove flash memory

O. Sinclair o.sinclair at
Wed Nov 29 07:46:07 UTC 2006

Rob Blomquist wrote:
> On Tuesday 28 November 2006 21:17, Dotan Cohen wrote:
>> Whenever I need to remove flash memory (USB disk on key, SD card in
>> USB card reader, etc) I right click the desktop icon for the device,
>> and click "remove safely". At that point, the icon disappears, but the
>> LED on the USB unit turns on, and never turns off. So I cannot remove
>> the device. I must power the computer off in order to remove it. What
>> can I do to resolve this issue? I'm on Ubuntu 6.10 with the KDE
>> desktop.
> I don't use it.
> Just see that all programs are shut down that were accessing the drive, and 
> remove it. the remove safely stuff is to allow novices not to corrupt it, 
> under both Winders and Linux.
> Rob
I disagree slightly with Rob here. In my experience many files do not 
get written to the USB flash until you actually do "Safely Remove", that 
could also explain activity on the flash memory after hitting "Safely 
Remove". If it is a lot of files or a big files it can take time.

Many times I copied files, pulled the usb out and moved to another PC 
only to find the files were never actually copied - despite being 
visible in Konqueror.


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