I've recently installed a USB3.0 PCI-e for a USB3.0 external drive. I'm not sure if that is part of the problem.
I cease using the drive, and wish to eject it safely, but I receive 'in use' messages...no matter how long I wait, no matter what programs I close.
I do have Windows set to the default where you apparently don't have to worry about safely ejecting. However, when I booted the drive today I received an error/improper disconnect message from the last use, and it had to scan and [apparently*] move some files, which is why I'm concerned about this drive not responding properly.
the drive is the USB3.0 Samsung 2TB expansion.
its second partition is encrypted with TrueCrypt, and I dismount it before attempting to disconnect the device.
not sure what other information might be relevant.
EDIT: after a restart, a bunch of explorer windows were re-opened -- these had been "closed" in an explorer crash while using the encrypted partition on the external drive (though the encryption program was successfully closed, suggesting that shouldn't have been the reason I couldn't disconnect safely). while closing apps in attempts to get Windows to allow a safe removal, I encountered a few instances of desktop icons not responding, and explorer needing to be restarted in task manager.
any insight would be appreciated.
*it said some were moved to a new folder it created...but this folder could not be found (there remains a discrepancy between the chkdsk report of how many files are on it and how many files right-click/properties says are on it. here's a screencap on this secondary concern, if anyone can make sense of it: