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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?


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10 Mar 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 10, 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.
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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???
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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.
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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.
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