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Subject: Re: un-plugging the drive

Re: un-plugging the drive

From: Jens Arnold <arnold-j_at_t-online.de>
Date: 2005-01-09

Hello Glenn

> Do you happen to know what is the default setting for windows?
> This guy is probably using the defaults here.

>From what I found, this depends on which drivers Windows uses.

The drivers provided by Archos (which are necessary for the USB
1.1 jukeboxes) activate the write cache by default. Imho this is
a bad idea for a removable device.

However, the standard mass storage drivers provided by Windows
(usable for USB 2.0 jukeboxes, and all Ondio models) don't
activate the write cache by default.

For the non-working autorun.inf, I guess this has to do with the
drive type that this drive is registered as, or maybe with the
user rights. Here are the MSKB articles that cover these
questions:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;136214
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;314855

The first article states that it applies to Win95 and Win98, but
the setting is still there in WinXP (and conveniently a per-user
setting).

Hth, Jens

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Brian Wolven" <brian.wolven@verizon.net>
> To: <rockbox@cool.haxx.se>
> Sent: Saturday, January 08, 2005 2:02 PM
> Subject: Re: un-plugging the drive

> Glenn at home wrote:
>> I know this has been brought up before, but: I am helping
>> someone on the phone with his JukeBox, and he has been in the
>> habbit of shutting off his JukeBox and then unplugging it
>> from Windows. I suggested to him that it is better to go
>> through "safely remove hardware",
>> and he thought that the Archos manual indicates that it is
>> fine to shut it off, and just un-plug it. What are some
>> thoughts here?

> I think that depends on whether or not you have the drive
> optimized for safe removal. If write caching is enabled, then
> you need to use the safely remove hardware option.

Regards, Jens

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