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I bought this new Sandisk Mp3 player, and it connects fine. But when I try to safely remove it, I can't find anywhere in my desktop to do so, is there a certain place to remove the device?

 

I would just take out the USB, but that can damage my mp3 player, and the refresh mode takes forever.

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Single-click or double-click on the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon to see if your device's drive letter is listed.

 

If it is not, then you can safely remove the device by ejecting it from 'My Computer' (look under "Devices with Removable Storage").

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THis is slightly off topic:

 

Can someone explain why it's so important to safely remove hardware? I always

just unplug my devices when they are not active...

 

Drop a file into my USB stick, for instance, and when it's done copying, just

unplug my USB stick. After which, windows does the hardware removed sound,

and routine, on it's own.

 

Should I change my hotpulling ways? Why?

 

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With my Zune I just unplug, I don't worry about ejecting it, or disconnecting it. I'd only be worried if it were synced with the program open.

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Single-click or double-click on the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon to see if your device's drive letter is listed.

 

Thats the problem, the icon doesn't show up., so I can't remove it.

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Can someone explain why it's so important to safely remove hardware?

If the device in the process was sending/reading data and you unplug it out without safely removing it, the data might be corrupted. The "Safely Remove" feature is smart enough to not close down the device when it is already in use - unlike some human beings.

 

 

Thats the problem, the icon doesn't show up., so I can't remove it.

Have you ever even attempted to plug in a USB device other than your MP3 player before? If you don't, then Windows won't actually have a reason to show the icon. Anyway, try to eject/safely remove it by going to "My Computer" instead by right-clicking the device.

 

If you don't see it in listed in even "My Computer" then the MP3 Player obviously doesn't need to be removed since it is not considered a drive, and shouldn't have a drive letter. And this is why the icon doesn't need to show up. I can assume you haven't use a flash disk drive as yet on your Vista OS?

 

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^ Try unchecking "Hide inactive icons" or select Show for "Safely Remove Hardware". If the above screenshot doesn't help, I think you might need to install the latest drivers and software here - it might actually allow your MP3 player to interact with your computer, like how iTunes allow iPods to interact with your PC. http://www.sandisk.com/ I am assuming all your MP3 player wants from your computer is the necessary voltages coming from your USB ports, and nothing else!

 

I heard that some MP3 Players uses the computer's USB port solely for the purpose of charging the battery (I think).

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