Cannot remove flash memory

Dotan Cohen dotancohen at
Wed Nov 29 17:47:32 UTC 2006

On 29/11/06, Jaime Davila <jdavila at> wrote:
> 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.
> >
> > Thanks in advance.
> >
> > Dotan Cohen
> I'm not quite sure what the light means, but I ignore it, and haven't
> had any problems whatsoever yet. I'm using gnome as opposed to kde, but
> I doubt that makes any difference. So, I just make sure the device is
> not mounted and then pull it off.

I've always heard that one should never pull out a USB stick when the
led is lit or flashing. Does anybody else have a second opinion?

Dotan Cohen

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