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Windows 7: Problems removing Flash Drives safely

16 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
Problems removing Flash Drives safely

I install a flash drive, opens automatically, when I close programs and click remove I get a window item is still in use. Close all programs and click safe to remove. I am not real literate on computers but I don't know where to go to even find if there is anything left open in the flash drive. I keep going back ti remove safely and same window comes back.. How big a risk if I just remove it?

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16 Mar 2012   #2

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1

Dear Jfink,
A warm welcome to SevenForums! Right-click "computer". Open the "Device Manager". Select "Drives" and expand it. Right-click on the USB Flash drive you want to safely remove.Select "Properties". Now you can see "Policies Tab".Click on it. Select"Quick Removal(Default). Click on OK. That's it! You can now safely remove the Flash Drive from the USB port.

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16 Mar 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jfink View Post
........How big a risk if I just remove it?
No, do not do it.

At times like this, Unlocker comes to my rescue. UNLOCKER 1.9.1 BY CEDRICK 'NITCH' COLLOMB

Have a look at this: How to eject a USB drive when Windows doesn’t want to | ( Though dated this should get you going with Unlocker.)

In the worst case where even Unlocker fails to help, shut down your PC and then remove your USB device. But that should be far and few.
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16 Mar 2012   #4

Windows 7 64 bit

Thanks juanji I will give it a try. Was wondering about turning off system and then remove.
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