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Do SD cards need to be "ejected" to be "safely removed" from a PC card reader

#1KalirionPosted 6/3/2012 1:42:36 PM
Are SD cards like USB drives in that they need to be ejected in the task bar to be safely removed from a PC card reader? Or can they just be removed at any time with no risk?

I don't have a card reader myself, but my dad does, and seems that lately at least, the eject affects the card reader itself, instead of the card, and the PC needs to be restarted before the reader can be used again.
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#2GTRagnarokPosted 6/3/2012 1:45:14 PM
Neither USB drives nor SD cards need to be "safely removed". As long as they're not being read from or written to, it's perfectly safe to just pull them out.
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#3Kalirion(Topic Creator)Posted 6/3/2012 1:58:09 PM
How do I know some program isn't writing some indexing data or whatever to the card in the background? The card reader has a green access light, but it doesn't seem to go off as long as the card is inserted.
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#4GTRagnarokPosted 6/3/2012 2:16:56 PM
Because it's just a USB drive or SD card. Nothing's going to use it unless you want it to.
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#5Kalirion(Topic Creator)Posted 6/3/2012 2:30:57 PM
Hmm, I've had a couple cases where Windows refused to let me eject a USB drive because it claimed it was in use - even after I closed all windows/programs. Had to shut down to do it.
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#6params7Posted 6/3/2012 2:39:02 PM
Yeah I always pull out my USB drive without using the eject option. Have never had it fail on me. Even if its writing/reading, it'll just corrupt that part of the memory, the file just won't open but I don't see how it'll just blow up the drive.
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#7GTRagnarokPosted 6/3/2012 2:42:01 PM
Kalirion posted...
Hmm, I've had a couple cases where Windows refused to let me eject a USB drive because it claimed it was in use - even after I closed all windows/programs. Had to shut down to do it.


I've never had that problem...ever since I stopped using that "feature". You should've just pulled it out.
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#8Kalirion(Topic Creator)Posted 6/3/2012 3:33:16 PM
All right, thanks!
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#9StarksPosted 6/3/2012 3:37:44 PM
ITT: Ejecting is a bad idea even if it's inconvenient
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#10Nate_DihldorffPosted 6/3/2012 3:50:04 PM
Did USB 3.0 solve this bull ****?
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