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Don't need to eject an expansion drive?

Q: Don't need to eject an expansion drive?

I bought a Seagate Expansion 5TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive.
Not that it's really relevant to explain that other than to illustrate how important it is that I don't blow the thing up, but I bought it to create a disk image in Macrium Reflect Home Edition v6 (which I did), in preparation for upgrading from Win7 to Win10, just in case things go very badly when I do that.
But I notice that when it's plugged in and I right-click on it in Windows Explorer, no "Eject" option appears in the drop-down menu.
So I just unplugged it.
Is "Eject" just not appearing because an expansion drive is made in such a way that no preparation is needed before safely unplugging it?
Or am I risking data loss or worse by unplugging it without preparation?

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A: Don't need to eject an expansion drive?

Down in your tray near the clock should be a "Safely Remove Hardware" button, clicking it should give a list of items you want to unplug from your system. Once hit to unplug/disconnect an item, the notice of "It is now safe to unplug {nameofitem} from your computer" will appear allowing you to safely unplug the drive
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A:Seagate expansion hard drive worked fine until I aborted a conversion to a compressed drive

Have you tried reinitializing the drive?
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A:seagate expansion drive

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I think I have worked it out!!

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A:Eject USB drive

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A:DVD drive does not eject

Sounds like faulty drive to me.
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Quote: Originally Posted by Rocv

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A:Cd-drive does not eject


Try upgrading the firmware on your drive. You can also try updating the drivers for it in Device Manager.

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Hi and welcome to TSG.

My first thought would be a physical problem with the button. Optical drives don't have any drivers as such to download, they are an inbuilt driver in Windows. If it works fine via the Control Panel (right click, eject) as you say but doesn't work with the button on the machine, then I suspect the button may be broken.

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For standard CD/DVD drives:

For CD/DVD writers:
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A:CD drive wont eject?

hi and welcome to the forums
now there should be a little hole on the front of the drive that you put a paperclip into(bend the paper clip out) to release the drive catch.(with the power off)
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A:problem with Seagate Expansion Drive not recognised

Run Partition Wizard free's - Partition Recovery Wizard with a Quick Scan, then take a screenshot of the results and post here, quit/exit out of wizard and remove your external until further instructions from an expert.

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Hi furstyear, Welcome to SevenFoeums.( I missed it. )

Please go through this troubleshooter and check whether it helps. Seagate Technology
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A:Cant Eject External Hard Drive

Those are files that are part of the NTFS file system... the 'safely remove hardware' hardly works due to all indexing of files, showing you thumbnails of your pictures, and AV scanning nowadays... I know it won't give you the warm fuzzies to unplug a drive but if you are not actively moving files to the drive or specifically using something off it it... removing it is pretty safe. I try to remove safely first but if it doesn't work I'm not overly concerned.

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I only know of one way to deal with this... it's a little complex, but for the safety of your data it might  be worth it to you.
Rather than copying it I'll just link the article here for you.
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Right click on my computer
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c: - HD1
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Hello paulprogrammer. Welcome to the forum.

The 'easy' way is to simply restart or shut down the computer. All proccess and handles will be terminated during shutdown.

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Hello wizardof and welcome to the forums

Try doing this:

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A:My external drive is missing when I try to remove or eject

Hi, I may be wrong but 'quick removal' may be enabled.

Try disabling it.

By opening device manager. (Start, search run and run this "devmgmt.msc") make sure you run as admin if it asks.

Find your drive in the menu. (Mine is a usb memory stick but it may apply to your drive.)

Click 'disk drives' > find your drive in the submenu (mine was a sandisk memory stick) > double click the drive > select the 'policies tab' > check better performance > click 'apply'

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Only thing I can think of, and seen happen, is the mouse click is not properly registering. Maybe a setting in Control Panel, Mouse needs looking at?
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A:External USB HDDs being treated as internal drive (cannot eject)

Can't remember ever using the "Safely Remove" feature. All I have done since USB devices have come out is just pull the USB cord out.

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If that's not the problem check back, and we'll look at other possibilities.

And, BTW "Welcome to the Seven Forums."
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A:Computer shuts off when I press Eject button on DVD Drive

VP, I would check out the Power Supply as pressing the eject button will increase the power drain on your PS.

Just an idea.
Do you have another DVD drive to replace it with in case it is the drive not the PS?

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Do you have anti virus software? to run malwarebytes?
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