Windows 8: Safely eject USB drive

If you are among the lucky to have upgraded to Windows 8 Developer Preview (released September 2011) despite naysayers bemoaning loss of the Start Orb and other Windows 7 and earlier functions, I’m sure you’ll agree there’s lots to love about this new operating system. But one of the things to hate is its USB handling. Although the Release Candidate fixes this glitch, for the rest of us here’s a super-simple fix:

  1. Inserting USB drive into your computer’s USB port
  2. Then open Windows Explorer and right-click on USB drive icon
  3. Next select Properties and from Sharing sub-tab, click Advanced Sharing and select Share This Folder check box
  4. Then click Permissions button and give “Everybody” full control.
  5. Apply the change and navigate/exit from dialog box. And you are set.

Now the USB drive will properly eject the next time you click the tray Eject button. The sole downside is you need to repeat this process for everyone of your USB devices. [Update Ayg. 1, 2012: You don’t need to repeat for multiple drives. It’s one setting per Windows * user]

Windows 8 is an awesome software. An updated Consumer Preview released February 29, 2012. And the Release Candidate was released in June 2012. I have this installed on an desktop (AMD Phenom 2, 1 GB RAM, 320 GB HDD) that runs faster than Windows XP with the same configuration. And just last night also installed to an Acer Aspire 4736 (Core Duo, 3 GB DDR2 RAM & 320 GB HDD) laptop whose Windows XP Registry had gotten corrupted. The Aspire now runs at lightening speed and using the touch pad brings back happy navigation memories of my old Windows Mobile-powered MotoQ phone interface.

I’ll post my long-promised take on Windows 8 sometime soon.


Lester says:

Does not work for My passport 2Tb USB3 on W8.

Windows 8 USB eject also seems governed by a drive’s own firmware, I found it helps safe eject if you map each new external drive to its own drive letter. If even this doesn’t work, check Task Manager for any running processes on the drive. When frustrated I just yank out the USB connector from the PC end 🙂


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