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Windows 7: Windows will not release my externals drive - device is busy

25 Apr 2015   #1
Nisko

Windows 7
 
 
Windows will not release my externals drive - device is busy

I clone my OS and, long after it's done, I still can't release the clone because I get a message that says the device is still in use (but it's not as far as I can tell). My understanding is that this feature is used to prevent disconnecting a device while it is being read to or from. Therefore, is it OK to disconnect the drive even though I'm getting that message? In my case, waiting for hours still won't allow me to release (disconnect) my clone.


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25 Apr 2015   #2
jadinolf

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

I have been told to not disconnect the drive but to shut down the computer.

That's what I do and have never had a problem.

Others may have another opinion.
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25 Apr 2015   #3
Nisko

Windows 7
 
 

Thank you - and I hope I get more opinions. It takes over 5 minutes to boot my PC.
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25 Apr 2015   #4
jadinolf

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nisko View Post
Thank you - and I hope I get more opinions. It takes over 5 minutes to boot my PC.
Yeah, that's a problem. Mine boots in seconds.

I have tried every "release" program I could find and none of them work for me.
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25 Apr 2015   #5
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

Try setting your AV not to scan the external drive - often it that which 'locks' it.
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25 Apr 2015   #6
jadinolf

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoelDP View Post
Try setting your AV not to scan the external drive - often it that which 'locks' it.
Nope, just tried it and no go.

Antivirus is ESET NOD32, external drive is a Touro 500G USB3.0 and the backup program is EaseUS todo V8.2

Thanks for the suggestion though, it was worth a try.
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25 Apr 2015   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

A reboot is the safe way to go.
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25 Apr 2015   #8
jadinolf

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
A reboot is the safe way to go.
Yep, I've been doing it since 2012.

Thanks


You may have suggested that back then.
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25 Apr 2015   #9
matts6887

Windows 7 ultimate 64-bit
 
 

I agree; a reboot is probably the best way to get a device(s) to unlock. It also pretty much refreshes everything so windows starts out "fresh".
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25 Apr 2015   #10
jadinolf

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by matts6887 View Post
I agree; a reboot is probably the best way to get a device(s) to unlock. It also pretty much refreshes everything so windows starts out "fresh".
I really shut it down, pull the cable and push the start button

Boot up time is soooo fast these days.

XP used to be 3 or four minutes. No more.
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