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Windows 7: Constantly Unable to Eject External Drives

23 Oct 2017   #1
koberulz

Windows Vista Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Constantly Unable to Eject External Drives

For some reason Windows is being really clingy with my externals.

Sometimes it's svchost.exe, on this particular occasion it's Explorer. Except in Process Explorer I went in and removed those handles, and now according to Unlocker nothing is holding my drive. But I still get an error when I try to eject it.

This happens quite frequently, generally without the Explorer step - my drives will be 'in use', preventing ejection, but Unlocker can't find anything holding onto them. It's getting quite frustrating.


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26 Oct 2017   #2
billmcct

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Windows 7 doesn't use "Delayed Write" on external drives. You can see this in the properties of the drives.
drive>properties>hardware tab>select drive>properties>change settings>policies tab

Should show "write caching disabled which means you can just unplug the drives instead of ejecting.
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26 Oct 2017   #3
koberulz

Windows Vista Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

How do I tell which drive is which in the hardware tab?
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27 Oct 2017   #4
billmcct

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

What brand external drives do you have? And what brand internal? A screenshot would help. You can use SIV to see what the names and serial numbers of the drives are.
Download SIV (System Information Viewer) - MajorGeeks it's free.
Or use Speccy
Speccy - Free Download - Piriform

Bill
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