Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Cannot eject hard drive.

10 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Cannot eject hard drive.

When i try to saefly remove my external hard drive i get the "cannot stop right now because something is using it"

anybody know how i can find out what is using it and how i can sort it?

Thanks!


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

10 Mar 2011   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

You can try task manager to see if you can tell. It is a rather common problem. The easiest way is to shut down the computer, remove the HD and restart. Notice I said the easiest not the most desirable.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Mar 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

yea its a pain in the hole alright. thats what i have been doing.

would like to try find out how to eject it. thanks anyway.

anyone else got any ideas???
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.


11 Mar 2011   #4

Win 7 Ultimate x64 desktop, Win 8.1.1 x64 laptop, Win 7 Home x64 netbook, Win 8.1.1 x64 tablet
 
 

"Safe to remove" really means that all cached writes have been written to the disk. When I encounter the "cannot remove ..." situation, I ensure that no open applications are obviously using the disk and there is no disk activity, then simply disconnect. I have never lost any data on an external drive, memory card or thumb drive from doing this.

I have heard people say they never even bother to attempt the "safe eject" and just disconnect the device. I think that is going a bit too far and they may get burned by that procedure.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Mar 2011   #5

Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 6.01.7600 SP1 (x64)
 
 

log of the desktop unplug drive log back in.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Cannot eject hard drive.




Thread Tools



Similar help and support threads for2: Cannot eject hard drive.
Thread Forum
Unable to eject WD portable hard-drive Hardware & Devices
Can't eject hard drives Hardware & Devices
External hard drive won't eject Hardware & Devices
Solved Can't eject USB connect external hard drive Hardware & Devices
difficulties with inability to eject peripheral hard drives Hardware & Devices
Nothing happens when I eject CD Drive Hardware & Devices
Cd-drive does not eject Hardware & Devices

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:56 PM.
Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App
  

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33