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Windows 7: Eject hardware showing "Windows host process"

12 Apr 2009   #1
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Eject hardware showing "Windows host process"

My external HD will not eject. In Vista it ejects fine. I west to customize the tray icons and saw this. The eject button listed as "Windows Host Process" What is up with this and is this why it will not eject? I have never seen this before and wonder if it's correct or a bug. I went back a few minutes later and it was showing the icon as normal but still will not eject properly.

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12 Apr 2009   #2
Maka

Windows 7 Ultimate Build 7100 RC x86/Windows XP SP3 x86 (Dual Boot)
 
 

I had the same problem when trying to remove a flash drive for the last few days but it works fine on my other flash drives.I also have that icon.
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12 Apr 2009   #3
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Thanks for the reply. I'm not the only one. All my other drives eject fine too. It is not being defragged (as far as I can tell) or indexed so I don't know what to think. It is set in device manager to eject without using the button so......I guess I'll just pull it out. I know I'm not the only one to do this. haha
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12 Apr 2009   #4
copernicus

7264x64/7260x86
 
 

Shows the same for me. You could try logging off and logging back on, that might let the drive go.
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12 Apr 2009   #5
Maka

Windows 7 Ultimate Build 7100 RC x86/Windows XP SP3 x86 (Dual Boot)
 
 

I had to reboot to get my flash drive out when Windows wouldn't release it.
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12 Apr 2009   #6
johngalt

 

FWIW - I have a 4 GB UFD (SanDisk Cruzer Mini) that I keep a lot of documents on from school, plus a whole slew of Portable Apps - if I ever run the Portable Apps menu followed by my KeePass Password Safe program, I can never get Win7 to release the devie - it tells me the device is in use even when it is not anymore....

I just wait for the light to stop blinking ( indicating all write activity has completed) and then yank it out.
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12 Apr 2009   #7
Maka

Windows 7 Ultimate Build 7100 RC x86/Windows XP SP3 x86 (Dual Boot)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johngalt View Post
FWIW - I have a 4 GB UFD (SanDisk Cruzer Mini) that I keep a lot of documents on from school, plus a whole slew of Portable Apps - if I ever run the Portable Apps menu followed by my KeePass Password Safe program, I can never get Win7 to release the devie - it tells me the device is in use even when it is not anymore....

I just wait for the light to stop blinking ( indicating all write activity has completed) and then yank it out.

Same flash drive i have and the problem happened after the U3 menu popped up.
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12 Apr 2009   #8
polycue

Windows 7 Professional x64 x86 VISTA XP 98SE 95 3.x
 
 

Try using USB Safely Remove and if you want to purchase it you can get it for $12 USD (40% off) by going to USB Safely Remove Software at 40% Discount - Superior Device Management!

OR, if you want a free gadget (I've not tested it on windows 7) you can try:
Remove Drive Safely v1.2
Downloads: 143429Created by:
IPT Solutions Ltd.
Price: Free
v 1.2.1 - Installer Fix.v1.2 - Bug removed if empty drive is attached.Here is the gadget that will help you to disconnect your usb, SATA, eSATA drives (like Safely Remove Hardware tool).
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12 Apr 2009   #9
Maka

Windows 7 Ultimate Build 7100 RC x86/Windows XP SP3 x86 (Dual Boot)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by polycue View Post
Try using USB Safely Remove and if you want to purchase it you can get it for $12 USD (40% off) by going to USB Safely Remove Software at 40% Discount - Superior Device Management!

I found a cheaper way to go about it.I uninstalled the U3 garbage and got rid of the partition it was on.Now it acts like an actual flash drive should and haven't had a problem removing it yet.Maybe Win 7 just didn't like it for some reason?
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12 Apr 2009   #10
johngalt

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by polycue View Post
Try using USB Safely Remove and if you want to purchase it you can get it for $12 USD (40% off) by going to USB Safely Remove Software at 40% Discount - Superior Device Management!

OR, if you want a free gadget (I've not tested it on windows 7) you can try:
Remove Drive Safely v1.2
Downloads: 143429Created by:
IPT Solutions Ltd.
Price: Free
v 1.2.1 - Installer Fix.v1.2 - Bug removed if empty drive is attached.Here is the gadget that will help you to disconnect your usb, SATA, eSATA drives (like Safely Remove Hardware tool).
They don;t help - once I have run KeePass the drive acts like it is still in use even with all portable apps shut down and all Explorer windows closed.

No sense in paying for an app that does what I already do....

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maka View Post
I found a cheaper way to go about it.I uninstalled the U3 garbage and got rid of the partition it was on.Now it acts like an actual flash drive should and haven't had a problem removing it yet.Maybe Win 7 just didn't like it for some reason?
I did too - hence I said *portable apps* not U3.
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