Cannot remove flash memory

O. Sinclair o.sinclair at
Wed Nov 29 17:56:21 UTC 2006

Dotan Cohen wrote:
> On 29/11/06, O. Sinclair <o.sinclair at> wrote:
>> 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.
>> Sinclair
> That is correct- the files do not get written until I do "Remove
> Safely". Then the led stays on until I reboot the machine- I have even
> let it sit overnight to see if it would finish. This is with all
> programs closed, even konqueror. I right-click the desktop icon to do
> the removal. So I doubt that anything is accessing the drive.
Light stays on here too, has never worried me. Once it stops indicating 
it is writing (flashing light) I remove the usb memory. Works just fine 
once you figure it out. Trickier with flash memos with no lights...


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