jfitzpatrick at April 1st, 2014 06:40 — #1
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/184640/ask-htg-windows-always-wants-to-scan-and-fix-my-usb-drive-should-i-let-it/
It’s a common sight for many Windows users: you pop in your flash drive or the memory card from your camera and Windows insists there is some problem that needs fixing. Does something actually need fixing? Are you risking anything by ignoring the nagging to scan and fix the drive? Read on as we explain what the message means, if you should heed it, and how to keep it from coming back.
robert_zanol at April 1st, 2014 08:29 — #2
I have never received that prompt. Maybe because I always properly unmount & eject.
stoutwoman at April 1st, 2014 10:41 — #3
I'd love to know why my Windows 7 machine never says it's okay to remove the thumb drive, even an hour after a file transfer has finished. It's always 'close the program or the window that is using the device.' I can't identify the program and there is no open window. Gets annoying, because I'm trying to do the right thing.
Has anyone found the cure?
andrewrobert7 at April 1st, 2014 13:02 — #4
I got that message after I plugged my drive into my Arch Linux box. Lets just say I have scanned it like 10 times and it never goes away.
Stoutwoman, try going into the task manager (Ctrl+Shift+Esc) and killing (restarting in Windows 8) Windows Explorer. In 8 you don't have to do anything more, but otherwise click "Start Task" and type "explorer.exe"
jahpickney at April 1st, 2014 14:22 — #5
I used to get that message all the time with Win7 for all removable media, even though I properly ejected them. I would just ignore it for flash drives, but when it happened with an external hard drive I had it check for errors. There were no errors, as I basically expected, but the next time I plugged it in Windows told me I had to format the drive before I could use it. I connected it to a Linux box and it worked fine and all my data was there, but Windows persisted in telling me I had to format it. It wasn't much later that I simply reformatted my hard drive and installed Linux. Ever since then my laptop is happy, my external drive is happy, and I'm happy.
ratul at April 2nd, 2014 06:03 — #6
I have a pen drive with Windows 8, then Windows 7 asks me to repair the drive.
rogmichael at April 8th, 2014 05:03 — #7
I go to properties in the device and printers and set all
removable devices to be unplugged in the power management setting then pull it
jfitzpatrick at April 11th, 2014 06:40 — #8
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