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Netbooks have made their mark in the PC segment and are here to stay. What makes them worth the buy is the unquestionable portability that they offer over their laptop counterparts. They are small, light and are definitely easy to lug around. They might not have the processing power to execute intensive tasks but will easily handle office applications. Moreover some of them are even capable of playing high definition video which makes them decent all rounders. That said, these little entertainment boxes have one major drawback in them: the exclusion of an optical drive. No doubt that files can be transferred via pen drives but what if the need arises to reinstall the Operating System in case of a system crash or if the requirement is to install the new Windows 7? What then? Would you spend money on a new external DVD-RW or would you prefer upgrading or re-installing via a pen drive? Well, for most of us the obvious choice would be the pen drive.



There are a number of ways in which to create your own bootable pen drive but we are going to show you the easiest way. To begin with you will need a PC with a CD/DVD ROM drive, the Windows CD/DVD, and a 2GB pen drive if you are creating a Windows XP bootable USB or a 4GB pen drive if the requirement is for Windows Vista/7. To start with, download and extract the program “WinToFlash”. Once extracted execute the file called “WinToFlash” and follow these simple steps.

Download "WinToFlash"

Step 1: Click the 'Windows Setup transfer wizard' and select 'Next'.



Step 2: Here you will need to define two paths where the 'Windows File Path' points to the location of the Windows installation disk and the 'USB Drive' specifies the location of pen drive that will be used for creating the bootable installation routine. Click on 'Select' and choose an appropriate path for both.



Step 3: Accept the 'Windows License Agreement' and click on continue.



Step 4: Don’t panic! The 'Warning' is just to remind you that the pen drive will be formatted before proceeding. Click 'OK' to proceed or 'Cancel' in case you inserted the wrong pen drive or want to check it.



That’s all that needs to be done to be able to create a bootable Windows installation pen drive. To be able to boot from the pendrive you will need to access the BIOS and change the boot priority to 'Removable disk'. If the settings are right you will be able to boot and proceed with the installation of Windows.
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Trouble:

We attach portable USB device like pen drive, memory cards and portable drives etc. on our computer to transfer files from/to your computer.



When you try to remove a USB pen-drive by using “Safely Remove Hardware > Safely remove USB Mass Storage device” option, windows should stop all the read-write operations on the drive so that the drive can be removed.



But sometimes when you try to eject the USB device by using “Safely remove USB Mass Storage device” option, it shows a message box which says:

“The Device Generic volume cannot be stopped right now. Try stopping the device later”



problem-ejecting-usb-device



In such case its not safe to remove the pen drive as it can get corrupt or get damaged. Many of us face such problem in removing pen-drive. In this post we will see how to fix such issue.



Let’s see why it happens and the fix

Fix:



This error comes when you have an application which is running from your pen drive or may be some file or document opened from your pen-drive when you are removing your drive.



In short, some file on your pen drive is in use by some other program on that computer. So close all such files or applications and try removing the drive.



In case it does not work, see the following section.




It happens sometimes that you have no application running from your pen drive or any file opened in your knowledge but still when you try to remove the pen-drive it shows this error message shown above. In that case you can use a free application called Unlocker which will help you to remove your pen drive from your windows.


What is Unlocker?



Unlocker is an explorer extension that allows you with a simple right-click of the mouse on a file, folder or pen drive to get rid of error message like the one mentioned above.


How To Remove USB Pen Drive with Unlocker?





1. Download Unlocker from here and install it on your computer.

2. Right click on your USB pen drive in my computer and select Unlocker.

unlocker-eject-pendrive

3. A new window will open that will list all the busy handles of files being used on your pen drive. Now click the button which says Unlock All ( Highlighted in the image below )

unlocker-release-handle

After clicking Unlock All try to remove your pen drive normally, through “Safely Remove Hardware” dialog.



If still you are not able to remove pen drive then try clicking the Kill Process button in Unlocker.



Tip: If none of the above given approach works then we suggest you to turn off the computer and then remove your pen drive out of the USB port.



We hope the solution provided above will help you fix the problem, if you know another way to solve this trouble please share it through comments.

HIDE YOUR ENTIRE HARD DRIVE

Here is a very simple three-step workshop which illustrates how you can hide your data from prying eyes by just hiding an entire drive or partition in My Computer.


What do you do when loads of data on your computer needs to be cleverly hidden away from inquisitive family members or office colleagues? Software such as folder lockers, encryption utilities and others do a decent job, but is a costly method and leaves traces. We will show you a simple trick with which you can hide your data easily from others. This trick is very simple works against casual snoopers, but will not prevent a skilled spy from finding it! To do it, all you need is a separate partition to store all the data you want to hide.

Step 1: Create an additional partition and format it. Windows Vista and 7 users can use the Shrink Space option from the Disk Management Utility to create a new volume without repartitioning the hard drive. Windows XP or older users can use third party partition manager utilities to create a new partition. If you already have an additional partition or drive, then you can skip this part. Once you have created the partition, format it and transfer all your data to this new drive.

Step 2: Now let’s assume that you have your sensitive data on drive ‘D’ and want to prevent it from showing up in the Windows Explorer. To do this you need to start the Group Policy Editor utility. Click ‘Start | Run’ and type ‘Gpedit.msc’ and press [Enter]. Here scroll down to ‘User Configuration | Administrative Templates | Windows Components | Windows Explorer’ on the left pane. Double-click on the ‘Hide these specified drives in My Computer’ on the right pane. In the following window, select ‘Enabled’ and choose the ‘D’ drive from the drop down list under ‘Options’. Apply the settings and exit.

Step 3: The drive letter ‘D’ is now hidden from Windows Explorer. In order to access this drive in future, all you need is to enter ‘D:’ in the ‘Start | Run...’ dialog box nor in the address bar of Windows Explorer. Your drive will be accessible for your work since only you know it exists.

Note: This is not a fool-proof method and the hidden drive can even be targeted by viruses. Also, remember that this is not an encrypted partition. The lists of recently opened files in each program can also expose the hidden drive's existence. Use a utility such as Ccleaner or Window Washer to wipe out these tracks.

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