Windows 10: USB Storage Devices

Discus and support USB Storage Devices in Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware to solve the problem; I've been using Win10 since the general release. This was an update install on a Win7 laptop. Apart from a few issues (waking from sleep on scheduled... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware' started by Anotherusername, Sep 3, 2015.

  1. USB Storage Devices

    I've been using Win10 since the general release. This was an update install on a Win7 laptop.
    Apart from a few issues (waking from sleep on scheduled tasks, lack of control on updates) I have a problem with external devices.
    If I use several USB flash drives/harddrive I'm able to eject one or two but then I can't eject any others. When this happens I don't get the menu option to eject/safely remove the device through "explorer" and the drive doesn't appear in the "safely remove" icon on the task bar. I can still access the drive without issue just don't have any way to eject except to shutdown the laptop. If I reboot the laptop but leave the device attached the eject option reappears.
    The laptop is fully patched and I can't work out what is happening and google hasn't revealed any similar problems except the normal "device is in use" message.
    Any ideas?

    Anotherusername, Sep 3, 2015
  2. Bruce Hagen, Sep 3, 2015
  3. usb storage devices

    I have two pc's, a work pc and a home pc. The work pc has no problem importing from any file storage device. The home pc always gives me the "You'll need to provide administrator permission to copy this file". I click continue and get the 'You need permission
    to perform this action" and "You require permission from the computer's administrator to make changes to this file" with the "Try Again" button. I cannot get past this. Each PC has Windows 10 Home. Each was upgraded using the free Win 10 upgrade. I am administrator
    on each computer, and can see the files in file explorer. I have tried the give permission's route and have full permissions on every user account on the home machine to no avail. Anyone have any ideas? Currently I am importing the files to the work PC and
    then copying the file to the home pc over the network.
    GeorgeMcMahan, Sep 3, 2015
  4. Snakeyes Win User

    USB Storage Devices

    Do the flash drives show up on "This PC". Since you can access them I suspect they do. Have you tried right clicking on their icon and using the eject option?
    Snakeyes, Sep 3, 2015
  5. The problem is that when this occurs the drives appear in "This PC" and I can still read/write to them BUT there is no "eject" option until I reboot.
    Anotherusername, Sep 3, 2015
  6. Snakeyes Win User
    If you right click on the icons of the flash drives, and open properties, what do they show up as under the hardware tab.
    Snakeyes, Sep 3, 2015
  7. OK - just been using an external drive, via powered usb hub, without issue - eject option showing. Plugged in a second drive - again eject option showing and accessed without issue. Plugged in a third drive and able to access it with eject option still showing. Ejected this third drive - no errors reported. Went to eject the other two and eject option doesn't show via "My PC" - safely remove hardware on task bar also isn't responding. Clicking on any of the drives that are showing (internal, CD and two external) and then hardware shows all four with the three hard drives showing correctly. Clicking on each of these drives shows them as USB and working correctly.
    Anotherusername, Sep 4, 2015
  8. USB Storage Devices

    Quick update - just checked and 45 minutes after I posted the reply above the Eject function has returned for both of the two external drives that were attached. Safely ejected one and then the eject function disappeared for the other drive. This time after a couple of minutes the eject function returned for the final external drive. Can't see anything specific in event viewer to indicate what is happening. I have a feeling it is going to be difficult to identify/sort - didn't have this problem in Win7
    Anotherusername, Sep 4, 2015
  9. Snakeyes Win User
    This is a longshot, but try hitting the refresh button when you open This PC.
    Snakeyes, Sep 4, 2015
  10. WhyMe Win User

    Since you are using a large number of usb ports at the same time, it is possible they do not all use the same chip. Manufacturers often add their own second chip (in addition to the standard chipset) to increase the number of available ports for improved connectivity.

    • How many USB chips does your motherboard have?
    • Is it always the same ports that do not offer the 'eject' option?
    • Are those ports running off a second chip?
    • If so, have you tried installing the applicable driver?
    • What exact laptop model are using?
    WhyMe, Sep 4, 2015
  11. I'm using a Belkin powered 7 port USB hub to connect the drives to my eMachines E525 laptop via one of its two USB ports. The drives are main brand only, i.e. western digital, maxtor. The issue occurs irrespective of which ports I use on the hub or which drives are connected - so no obvious pattern.
    Anotherusername, Sep 5, 2015
  12. WhyMe Win User
    oh okay then...I was going to suggest checking the driver for secondary usb controller and chipset. But if there is not a discernible pattern then it may be a moot point. Your laptop probably only has the single controller. Sorry
    WhyMe, Sep 5, 2015
  13. USB Storage Devices

    This might help:
    Insert your USB drive
    Type in "Device Manager" in the "search the web and windows" box, and open it.
    Click on "Disk Drives" and then right click on the drive you've inserted and select "Properties"
    Click on the "Policies" tab at the top
    You should have this box where you can select either "Quick Removal" or "Better Performance"

    USB Storage Devices [​IMG]
    Cornishman, Apr 5, 2018

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