... ok I have been searching for an answer/solution to this for the last 3-4 hours and found nothing.
When using the 'safely remove hardware' feature to remove a 1gb fash drive or a 640gb WD my book external hdd, the LED light remains on even when a popup says the drive has been safely removed. When I remove the USB from the western digital I can hear it shutting down as if it has been switched off at the wall, which is quite worrying as I don't want to corrupt the data.
I also have a computer running xp but the problem doesn't exsist there. The western digital drive powers down normally when it is safely removed from xp and the LED light goes off.
The only workaround is by putting the vista laptop into sleep mode and removing it when it has powered down, but this defeats the purpose of the safely remove hardware.
This problem seems to affect a lot of vista users but so far I have been unable to find any solution, so any help guys and girls will be appreciated. Thanks