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  • hello guys, I notice that for any external USB drive.

    if I set on disk management the external drive to mount to a folder  and not to a drive letter.

    On "Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media", those devices that is mount to a folder will not appear on the list.

    Even if check the properties on the mounted folder, there is no option to unmount safely the hardware.

    So any way to safely remove the hardware, if the hardware is mounted to a folder?

    or these feature would be  available in future windows patches?

    Thanks :)


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    Thursday, April 17, 2014 8:51 AM

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  • If I first remove the drive letter (in this case U:) and then mount - eg - If I use

    1. Change Drive Letters and Path -> Remove
    2. Change Drive Letters and Path -> Add -> Mount in the following empty NTFS folder

    I get

    and no option to safely remove. But if I instead just use

    1. Change Drive Letters and Path -> Add -> Mount in the following empty NTFS folder

    I get

    and option to safely remove is still present.

    The second method is the one advocated on this page

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-au/windows/mount-dismount-drive#1TC=windows-7


    • Edited by mystifeid Thursday, April 17, 2014 10:22 AM
    • Marked as answer by cguan Tuesday, April 22, 2014 1:02 AM
    Thursday, April 17, 2014 10:04 AM

All replies

  • If I first remove the drive letter (in this case U:) and then mount - eg - If I use

    1. Change Drive Letters and Path -> Remove
    2. Change Drive Letters and Path -> Add -> Mount in the following empty NTFS folder

    I get

    and no option to safely remove. But if I instead just use

    1. Change Drive Letters and Path -> Add -> Mount in the following empty NTFS folder

    I get

    and option to safely remove is still present.

    The second method is the one advocated on this page

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-au/windows/mount-dismount-drive#1TC=windows-7


    • Edited by mystifeid Thursday, April 17, 2014 10:22 AM
    • Marked as answer by cguan Tuesday, April 22, 2014 1:02 AM
    Thursday, April 17, 2014 10:04 AM
  • It seems however that there are third party utilities - eg Hotswap :

    http://mt-naka.com/hotswap/index_enu.htm

    that will safely remove external drives mounted as folders (and without a drive letter)

    Thursday, April 17, 2014 12:02 PM
  • And while the following may be considered to be fair warning,

    I think that I agree that this system seems a tad unfinished.

    Thursday, April 17, 2014 12:23 PM
  • its not advisable to use usb storage for anything except a backup


    This is completely and utterly untrue and is not a supportable comment. Where do you come up with this stuff? "Not advisable" on whose authority? There are millions and millions of people around the world successfully using USB storage for lots of uses other than a backup.
    Thursday, April 17, 2014 2:44 PM
  • If I first remove the drive letter (in this case U:) and then mount - eg - If I use

    1. Change Drive Letters and Path -> Remove
    2. Change Drive Letters and Path -> Add -> Mount in the following empty NTFS folder

    I get

    and no option to safely remove. But if I instead just use

    1. Change Drive Letters and Path -> Add -> Mount in the following empty NTFS folder

    I get

    and option to safely remove is still present.

    The second method is the one advocated on this page

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-au/windows/mount-dismount-drive#1TC=windows-7


    it seems to work on my Windows 2008 server if i mount to folder but it just doesn't seem to work on my Win 7 box.

    anyway, thanks for the replies guys :)


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    Tuesday, April 22, 2014 1:02 AM
  • "mystifeid",

     

    We have been running WinNT5.0 (2000), WinNT5.1 (XP), and WinNT6.0 (Vista) on various machines at this site. I installed WinNT6.1 (7) SP1 onto a system a few days ago and only just ran into this and other issues. So far, I have found only this posting on any MS site relevant. Most other postings deal with the "Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media" icon not appearing at all. We, like "cguan", have that icon, but do not have any entry in the drop-down menu for a filesystem which is mounted solely to a mount point and not a drive letter. Like Unix sysadmin counterparts, we at this site have many external filesystems we un/mount regularly to the tree under %SystemDrive%\EXPORT and other mount points. This issue is easily confirmed at the CLI with mountvol (letter): and mountvol (letter): /d (or with the GUI using any MMC window that includes the diskmgmt.msc Snap-in to add/remove a drive letter/mount point), where the drop-down menu will list and unlist the filesystem for safe ejection, respectively.

     

    It is surprising that, after years of the reputedly more stable WinNT6.1 having been released, various issues, including this one, that are non-existent even on an OS as problematic as WinNT6.0 are still unresolved on WinNT6.1. It was nice to just have the OS itself list all fs's available for unmounting. Aside from running this third-party software, might you be aware of any method today, e.g. Registry modification, etc., to force this functionality within WinNT6.1? If not, might you be aware of any work by MS to restore this functionality?

     

    Thanks!

    Tuesday, February 3, 2015 3:27 AM
  • If not, might you be aware of any work by MS to restore this functionality?

    Since Windows 7 has entered "Extended Support" phase of it's lifecycle, I doubt the existence of any such work, either now or in the future.
    Aside from running this third-party software, might you be aware of any method today, e.g. Registry modification, etc., to force this functionality within WinNT6.1?

    No (although it is most likely possible - for example check "Capabilities" value under HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\USBSTOR\...\... ). All I can suggest are the following:

    - Check for interference by third party software with a clean boot - see: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929135

    - Try removing old usb drivers
      - see: http://www.techspot.com/community/topics/usb-drive-or-flash-problems-how-to-cleanup-and-remove-old-usb-storage-drivers.145884/
      - also: http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

    - Check installed filters - see: http://www.techspot.com/community/topics/cd-dvd-or-disk-problems-how-to-fix-problems-caused-by-filters.137666/

    Otherwise, perhaps we should just be grateful for the third party software.

    Btw, looks like at least one reply (not mine) has been deleted from this thread.


    • Edited by mystifeid Tuesday, February 3, 2015 10:39 AM
    Tuesday, February 3, 2015 9:47 AM