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cannot safely remove external hard drive

Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by xcmbm, Jan 31, 2015.

  1. xcmbm

    xcmbm Member

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    when I tried to safely remove my external hard drive, i got a message "Windows can’t stop your Generic volume device because a program is still using it". although I checked the Task Manager and there was no program running. My OS is Windows 7. Could someone help me? Thank you in advance
     
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    ddp Moderator Staff Member

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    close windows explorer if you are using it to access the external drive.
     
  3. scorpNZ

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    I set all my externals for quick removal & disable write caching,not that it helps much i still get the message you get however it does mean i can remove them regardless if the safe to remove message doesn't come up,windows really is a useless OS when it comes to external removal,linux doesn't seem to have the same issue ejecting drives it pisses me off
     

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