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How remove a memory card?

  1. #1


    Rick Guest

    How remove a memory card?

    Hi -- how do I remove my camera's SanDisk memory card from my computer after
    I've copied its files? I tried right-clicking and then choosing 'Safely
    Remove' and then pulling it out, and then inserting another one in, and
    afterwards my computer got (temporarily) very screwed up and I couldn't
    reboot the computer. Maybe it was the re-insertion that caused the problem?
    I sure did something wrong. Does the computer have to be off when you
    insert a card, or remove a card? Thanks.


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  3. #2


    Bill Yanaire Guest

    Re: How remove a memory card?

    Your process you explained is correct. I don't think inserting another card
    is the problem unless you tried to remove or insert a card when copying or
    some other activity was going on with the card. There could be other
    issues. Do you have an UP TO DATE antivirus on your PC?


    "Rick" <blue_no-spam-pls_heron3@verizon.net> wrote in message
    news:OXomjF5zHHA.3564@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > Hi -- how do I remove my camera's SanDisk memory card from my computer
    > after I've copied its files? I tried right-clicking and then choosing
    > 'Safely Remove' and then pulling it out, and then inserting another one
    > in, and afterwards my computer got (temporarily) very screwed up and I
    > couldn't reboot the computer. Maybe it was the re-insertion that caused
    > the problem? I sure did something wrong. Does the computer have to be off
    > when you insert a card, or remove a card? Thanks.




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  4. #3


    Paul Randall Guest

    Re: How remove a memory card?


    "Rick" <blue_no-spam-pls_heron3@verizon.net> wrote in message
    news:OXomjF5zHHA.3564@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > Hi -- how do I remove my camera's SanDisk memory card from my computer
    > after I've copied its files? I tried right-clicking and then choosing
    > 'Safely Remove' and then pulling it out, and then inserting another one
    > in, and afterwards my computer got (temporarily) very screwed up and I
    > couldn't reboot the computer. Maybe it was the re-insertion that caused
    > the problem? I sure did something wrong. Does the computer have to be off
    > when you insert a card, or remove a card? Thanks.


    'Safely remove hardware' is typically used to unplug a USB hard drive or USB
    card reader and some but not all other USB stuff. It makes sure no software
    has a 'hold' on anything related to that USB port, then disables the port.
    The computer won't see any changes to that port until you plug something
    into that port (meaning unplug the current thing and plug in the same or
    different USB device).

    'Eject' is used to remove a flash card from a card reader. It verifies that
    no software has a 'hold' on the flash card but does not disable the port.

    If your flash card slots are built into your computer, you can't unplug the
    slots and replug them in, so DON'T use 'safely remove hardware'. Use
    'Eject'.

    Typically you will be in the computer window (the window formerly known as
    my computer) when you do this. With no flash cards plugged in, one or more
    of the flash card slots will have drive letters associated with them, each
    typically labelled 'removable device' but it varies from one computer to the
    next.

    Flash cards emulate a disk drive which can be formatted and can have an
    internal label. Depending on your camera or how you format the flash card,
    the label may be blank or have the flash card brand or camera brand or other
    info.

    When you plug a flash card into a slot on your computer, the label typically
    shows up in the computer window, but of course this varies from one computer
    to the next. If the flash card is unlabeled or blank, it typically shows up
    as 'removable device', or no change from when nothing was plugged in to that
    slot.

    My recommendation is to make sure your flash cards have unique labels so you
    can tell them apart and so that you can see in the computer window that they
    are plugged in. When you want to unplug them, right click on them in the
    computer window and choose eject. When it is safe to remove them the label
    displayed in the computer window will change to 'removable device' or
    whatever your system displays when that slot is empty.

    -Paul Randall



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  5. #4


    Rick Guest

    Re: How remove a memory card?

    Thanks. So I insert my memory card (is that the same thing as a 'flash
    card'? -- it's a 1 gig SanDisk card) while the computer is on and I'm in
    Windows Explorer (the 'computer window'), yes? When I right-click and
    choose Eject I have to physically remove it myself, right? Thanks.

    To insert another card I shouldn't have to turn the computer off, should I?


    "Paul Randall" <paulr901@cableone.net> wrote in message
    news:eA4jAE6zHHA.3788@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >
    > "Rick" <blue_no-spam-pls_heron3@verizon.net> wrote in message
    > news:OXomjF5zHHA.3564@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >> Hi -- how do I remove my camera's SanDisk memory card from my computer
    >> after I've copied its files? I tried right-clicking and then choosing
    >> 'Safely Remove' and then pulling it out, and then inserting another one
    >> in, and afterwards my computer got (temporarily) very screwed up and I
    >> couldn't reboot the computer. Maybe it was the re-insertion that caused
    >> the problem? I sure did something wrong. Does the computer have to be
    >> off when you insert a card, or remove a card? Thanks.

    >
    > 'Safely remove hardware' is typically used to unplug a USB hard drive or
    > USB card reader and some but not all other USB stuff. It makes sure no
    > software has a 'hold' on anything related to that USB port, then disables
    > the port. The computer won't see any changes to that port until you plug
    > something into that port (meaning unplug the current thing and plug in the
    > same or different USB device).
    >
    > 'Eject' is used to remove a flash card from a card reader. It verifies
    > that no software has a 'hold' on the flash card but does not disable the
    > port.
    >
    > If your flash card slots are built into your computer, you can't unplug
    > the slots and replug them in, so DON'T use 'safely remove hardware'. Use
    > 'Eject'.
    >
    > Typically you will be in the computer window (the window formerly known as
    > my computer) when you do this. With no flash cards plugged in, one or
    > more of the flash card slots will have drive letters associated with them,
    > each typically labelled 'removable device' but it varies from one computer
    > to the next.
    >
    > Flash cards emulate a disk drive which can be formatted and can have an
    > internal label. Depending on your camera or how you format the flash
    > card, the label may be blank or have the flash card brand or camera brand
    > or other info.
    >
    > When you plug a flash card into a slot on your computer, the label
    > typically shows up in the computer window, but of course this varies from
    > one computer to the next. If the flash card is unlabeled or blank, it
    > typically shows up as 'removable device', or no change from when nothing
    > was plugged in to that slot.
    >
    > My recommendation is to make sure your flash cards have unique labels so
    > you can tell them apart and so that you can see in the computer window
    > that they are plugged in. When you want to unplug them, right click on
    > them in the computer window and choose eject. When it is safe to remove
    > them the label displayed in the computer window will change to 'removable
    > device' or whatever your system displays when that slot is empty.
    >
    > -Paul Randall
    >



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  6. #5


    Lang Murphy Guest

    Re: How remove a memory card?

    "Rick" <blue_no-spam-pls_heron3@verizon.net> wrote in message
    news:el30596zHHA.3564@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > Thanks. So I insert my memory card (is that the same thing as a 'flash
    > card'? -- it's a 1 gig SanDisk card) while the computer is on and I'm in
    > Windows Explorer (the 'computer window'), yes? When I right-click and
    > choose Eject I have to physically remove it myself, right? Thanks.
    >
    > To insert another card I shouldn't have to turn the computer off, should
    > I?
    >


    <snip>

    If it doesn't have moving parts, it's a flash card. There are USB "cards"
    that are actually hard disks.. so they get treated differently...

    That said... when you insert your card, whether it's SD or CF or whatever,
    it will, well, should, mount automatically. To remove it, right click on the
    card's icon in the Computer window (after you've opened Windows Explorer,
    AKA "Computer"... LOL) and select Eject. When the card's icon in the
    Explorer window turns grey, pull the card.

    No, you shouldn't have to boot the PC prior to mounting another card. If you
    do, yeah, there's something out of whack.

    Lang


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  7. #6


    Rick Guest

    Re: How remove a memory card?

    Hi -- thanks for this. How do I label my individual flash cards? Right now
    when I plug in a card, the name stays as "Removable Disk", just as it was
    before I inserted it. Is labeling a card always done as part of the process
    of formatting them? Right now I always "format" them by just deleting all
    photos off the card when it's in the camera.

    Very much appreciate the help I'm getting here.


    "Paul Randall" <paulr901@cableone.net> wrote in message
    news:eA4jAE6zHHA.3788@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >
    > "Rick" <blue_no-spam-pls_heron3@verizon.net> wrote in message
    > news:OXomjF5zHHA.3564@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >> Hi -- how do I remove my camera's SanDisk memory card from my computer
    >> after I've copied its files? I tried right-clicking and then choosing
    >> 'Safely Remove' and then pulling it out, and then inserting another one
    >> in, and afterwards my computer got (temporarily) very screwed up and I
    >> couldn't reboot the computer. Maybe it was the re-insertion that caused
    >> the problem? I sure did something wrong. Does the computer have to be
    >> off when you insert a card, or remove a card? Thanks.

    >
    > 'Safely remove hardware' is typically used to unplug a USB hard drive or
    > USB card reader and some but not all other USB stuff. It makes sure no
    > software has a 'hold' on anything related to that USB port, then disables
    > the port. The computer won't see any changes to that port until you plug
    > something into that port (meaning unplug the current thing and plug in the
    > same or different USB device).
    >
    > 'Eject' is used to remove a flash card from a card reader. It verifies
    > that no software has a 'hold' on the flash card but does not disable the
    > port.
    >
    > If your flash card slots are built into your computer, you can't unplug
    > the slots and replug them in, so DON'T use 'safely remove hardware'. Use
    > 'Eject'.
    >
    > Typically you will be in the computer window (the window formerly known as
    > my computer) when you do this. With no flash cards plugged in, one or
    > more of the flash card slots will have drive letters associated with them,
    > each typically labelled 'removable device' but it varies from one computer
    > to the next.
    >
    > Flash cards emulate a disk drive which can be formatted and can have an
    > internal label. Depending on your camera or how you format the flash
    > card, the label may be blank or have the flash card brand or camera brand
    > or other info.
    >
    > When you plug a flash card into a slot on your computer, the label
    > typically shows up in the computer window, but of course this varies from
    > one computer to the next. If the flash card is unlabeled or blank, it
    > typically shows up as 'removable device', or no change from when nothing
    > was plugged in to that slot.
    >
    > My recommendation is to make sure your flash cards have unique labels so
    > you can tell them apart and so that you can see in the computer window
    > that they are plugged in. When you want to unplug them, right click on
    > them in the computer window and choose eject. When it is safe to remove
    > them the label displayed in the computer window will change to 'removable
    > device' or whatever your system displays when that slot is empty.
    >
    > -Paul Randall
    >



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  8. #7


    Paul Randall Guest

    Re: How remove a memory card?

    With the flash card inserted, right click on that drive and choose
    properties. In the General tab, near the top, there should be an empty box.
    Type the label there. All cameras and OSs allow 11 characters upper case,
    but many allow more characters and mixed case. Just below where you type
    the label it may show the format type, like Fat or Fat32. If Fat, don't use
    more than 11 characters. After you label it test the flash card in your
    camera by taking a few pictures and bringing it back to your computer. If
    the camera has not changed the label and the pictures are OK, there isn't a
    problem. I suppose if the camera doesn't like the label it will ask you to
    format the flash card. Experiment.

    -Paul Randall

    "Rick" <blue_no-spam-pls_heron3@verizon.net> wrote in message
    news:ufxVk3C0HHA.4928@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > Hi -- thanks for this. How do I label my individual flash cards? Right
    > now when I plug in a card, the name stays as "Removable Disk", just as it
    > was before I inserted it. Is labeling a card always done as part of the
    > process of formatting them? Right now I always "format" them by just
    > deleting all photos off the card when it's in the camera.
    >
    > Very much appreciate the help I'm getting here.
    >
    >
    > "Paul Randall" <paulr901@cableone.net> wrote in message
    > news:eA4jAE6zHHA.3788@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >>
    >> "Rick" <blue_no-spam-pls_heron3@verizon.net> wrote in message
    >> news:OXomjF5zHHA.3564@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >>> Hi -- how do I remove my camera's SanDisk memory card from my computer
    >>> after I've copied its files? I tried right-clicking and then choosing
    >>> 'Safely Remove' and then pulling it out, and then inserting another one
    >>> in, and afterwards my computer got (temporarily) very screwed up and I
    >>> couldn't reboot the computer. Maybe it was the re-insertion that caused
    >>> the problem? I sure did something wrong. Does the computer have to be
    >>> off when you insert a card, or remove a card? Thanks.

    >>
    >> 'Safely remove hardware' is typically used to unplug a USB hard drive or
    >> USB card reader and some but not all other USB stuff. It makes sure no
    >> software has a 'hold' on anything related to that USB port, then disables
    >> the port. The computer won't see any changes to that port until you plug
    >> something into that port (meaning unplug the current thing and plug in
    >> the same or different USB device).
    >>
    >> 'Eject' is used to remove a flash card from a card reader. It verifies
    >> that no software has a 'hold' on the flash card but does not disable the
    >> port.
    >>
    >> If your flash card slots are built into your computer, you can't unplug
    >> the slots and replug them in, so DON'T use 'safely remove hardware'. Use
    >> 'Eject'.
    >>
    >> Typically you will be in the computer window (the window formerly known
    >> as my computer) when you do this. With no flash cards plugged in, one or
    >> more of the flash card slots will have drive letters associated with
    >> them, each typically labelled 'removable device' but it varies from one
    >> computer to the next.
    >>
    >> Flash cards emulate a disk drive which can be formatted and can have an
    >> internal label. Depending on your camera or how you format the flash
    >> card, the label may be blank or have the flash card brand or camera brand
    >> or other info.
    >>
    >> When you plug a flash card into a slot on your computer, the label
    >> typically shows up in the computer window, but of course this varies from
    >> one computer to the next. If the flash card is unlabeled or blank, it
    >> typically shows up as 'removable device', or no change from when nothing
    >> was plugged in to that slot.
    >>
    >> My recommendation is to make sure your flash cards have unique labels so
    >> you can tell them apart and so that you can see in the computer window
    >> that they are plugged in. When you want to unplug them, right click on
    >> them in the computer window and choose eject. When it is safe to remove
    >> them the label displayed in the computer window will change to 'removable
    >> device' or whatever your system displays when that slot is empty.
    >>
    >> -Paul Randall
    >>

    >




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  9. #8


    Paul Randall Guest

    Re: How remove a memory card?

    Comments inline

    "Rick" <blue_no-spam-pls_heron3@verizon.net> wrote in message
    news:el30596zHHA.3564@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > Thanks. So I insert my memory card (is that the same thing as a 'flash
    > card'?

    Flash refers to a type of memory. It is typically slower and each storage
    'bit' is physically bigger than the main memory in your computer, but it
    retains its information when the power is off. No moving parts. To confuse
    things, some CF (compact flash) cards are actually tiny hard drives with
    moving parts; the eject procedure is the same. Modern technology is
    shrinking the size and increasing the speed of each bit in flash cards.

    > -- it's a 1 gig SanDisk card) while the computer is on and I'm in Windows
    > Explorer (the 'computer window'), yes?


    Yes, flash cards are 'hot' pluggable - they can be inserted and removed
    while the computer is on.

    >When I right-click and choose Eject I have to physically remove it myself,
    >right? Thanks.


    Yes, there is no motorized ejection mechanism.

    > To insert another card I shouldn't have to turn the computer off, should
    > I?


    I suppose there is some tiny chip that controls each flash card slot on your
    computer. It probably constantly monitors certain pins on each flash card
    connector slot, and notifies the computer when a flash card is inserted or
    removed, so the computer can take approprate action and keep you informed.

    -Paul Randall

    > "Paul Randall" <paulr901@cableone.net> wrote in message
    > news:eA4jAE6zHHA.3788@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >>
    >> "Rick" <blue_no-spam-pls_heron3@verizon.net> wrote in message
    >> news:OXomjF5zHHA.3564@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >>> Hi -- how do I remove my camera's SanDisk memory card from my computer
    >>> after I've copied its files? I tried right-clicking and then choosing
    >>> 'Safely Remove' and then pulling it out, and then inserting another one
    >>> in, and afterwards my computer got (temporarily) very screwed up and I
    >>> couldn't reboot the computer. Maybe it was the re-insertion that caused
    >>> the problem? I sure did something wrong. Does the computer have to be
    >>> off when you insert a card, or remove a card? Thanks.

    >>
    >> 'Safely remove hardware' is typically used to unplug a USB hard drive or
    >> USB card reader and some but not all other USB stuff. It makes sure no
    >> software has a 'hold' on anything related to that USB port, then disables
    >> the port. The computer won't see any changes to that port until you plug
    >> something into that port (meaning unplug the current thing and plug in
    >> the same or different USB device).
    >>
    >> 'Eject' is used to remove a flash card from a card reader. It verifies
    >> that no software has a 'hold' on the flash card but does not disable the
    >> port.
    >>
    >> If your flash card slots are built into your computer, you can't unplug
    >> the slots and replug them in, so DON'T use 'safely remove hardware'. Use
    >> 'Eject'.
    >>
    >> Typically you will be in the computer window (the window formerly known
    >> as my computer) when you do this. With no flash cards plugged in, one or
    >> more of the flash card slots will have drive letters associated with
    >> them, each typically labelled 'removable device' but it varies from one
    >> computer to the next.
    >>
    >> Flash cards emulate a disk drive which can be formatted and can have an
    >> internal label. Depending on your camera or how you format the flash
    >> card, the label may be blank or have the flash card brand or camera brand
    >> or other info.
    >>
    >> When you plug a flash card into a slot on your computer, the label
    >> typically shows up in the computer window, but of course this varies from
    >> one computer to the next. If the flash card is unlabeled or blank, it
    >> typically shows up as 'removable device', or no change from when nothing
    >> was plugged in to that slot.
    >>
    >> My recommendation is to make sure your flash cards have unique labels so
    >> you can tell them apart and so that you can see in the computer window
    >> that they are plugged in. When you want to unplug them, right click on
    >> them in the computer window and choose eject. When it is safe to remove
    >> them the label displayed in the computer window will change to 'removable
    >> device' or whatever your system displays when that slot is empty.
    >>
    >> -Paul Randall
    >>

    >




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