Dear Computer Lady,
I look forward to your articles because they are so helpful to me.
My problem is that I can’t safely eject a thumb drive from my computer. My son and my sister who are both really computer smart can’t figure out why it doesn’t give me this option. I have had my computer since 2012 and have never been able to do anything but just pull out any thumb drive I put in.
Can you help me with this please? Linda
While I can’t tell you why you don’t have the option to eject your thumb drive without actually taking a look at the computer, I can give you some suggestions.
First, it is not a good idea to just pull out the thumb drive while the computer is running. If you have information on the drive, it could become corrupted by doing that.
Second, when I occasionally get a drive that won’t let me eject it, (I keep getting a message that the drive is busy and can’t be safely removed) I simply shut down the computer, remove the USB device and then turn the computer back on. This is a safe way to remove the thumb drive, and for me it is often faster than waiting for the drive to be ready.
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