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USB AutoEject

"Safely remove hardware" actually removes it
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When you want to remove your USB peripheral from your computer, tell Windows to stop the device. A worm drive will then push the USB connector out of the socket when it is safe to do so. Alternatively, the socket could be retracted into the PC leaving the plug behind. Useful? Perhaps not, but it'd look good.
david_scothern, Oct 07 2004


       Not bad, I've heard a few people saying that their USB socket was getting a little scrapped. Having said that my CD tray is starting to play that 'now-you-see-it-now-you-dont' game with me, so be careful of the mechanism you choose.
etherman, Oct 07 2004

       Using a mechanism that would push the plug out would hopefully avoid such problems; if it failed then it could be disabled and the cable pulled out manually from then on. You wouldn't be left in a position where the cable could no longer be disconnected.
david_scothern, Sep 08 2005

       I'd bun the removal of that stupid warning message that pops up when you pull out a USB device without stopping it. I want to be told if I've actually done a naughty and interrupted data transfer, not just because I've upset the machine's feelings.
wagster, Sep 08 2005

       Agreed, though if it were possible to tell the system to eject the cable and then have it handle the whole process, including data transfer and cable ejection, that problem would be avoided.
david_scothern, Sep 09 2005

       I like being able eject my usb manually. I usually end up forgetting to transfer a document or something, and always end up reinserting it back into the computer.   

       And I ALWAYS remove the device safely- wouldnt want to hurt the machines' feelings, now would I?
chocolateraindrops, Sep 09 2005


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