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07 Aug 2011  
Dave76

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Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Just a possibility, try HotSwap, it looks and works just like Windows 'Safely Remove Hardware' function, but it will stop whatever is still accessing the HDD. Might take a couple minutes in some cases but has worked for me.

This might help until you can get to the real cause.
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