Cannot remove flash memory

Derek Broughton news at
Wed Nov 29 20:33:30 UTC 2006

Kipton Moravec wrote:

> Less than an hour ago I asked a friend and Linux Guru how do I remove
> the USB Stick? I did not see a dismount command on the GUI.  He said
> just pull it out, just make sure you are not writing to it when you
> remove it.
> He said Linux is way ahead of Microsoft when it comes to Hot Swapping
> devices. Cool!

I think you need to find a new Guru.  Linux would be _behind_ MS if you
could do that - because it means you can't cache writes to the stick.  You
_can_ configure a USB stick to be uncached (it's not quite trivial), but
the proper procedure is to umount, or at least sync, the device first.  Try
writing something important to the stick, and unplug it.  Plug it into
another computer and see how much you've retained...

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