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A USB device such as a USB flash drive is connected to your Windows Vista-based computer. After you click the Safely Remove Hardware icon to remove the device, a message is displayed to tell you that you can safely disconnect the device.
However, the USB device is still powered on. The power indicator for the USB device is still on. You would expect the power indicator to show that the USB device is powered off.
The Safely Remove Hardware feature does not stop power from being provided to a USB device in Windows Vista. By design, the port to which the device is attached is not suspended in Windows Vista when the device is soft removed.
Article ID: 971899 - Last Review: June 19, 2009 - Revision: 2.0