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Windows 7: "Safely Remove Hardware" horrendously slow

28 Feb 2011   #21

Windows 7 Pro x64
Requires Immediate Attention

Nothing posted on this thread has helped me solve the problem. In fact, I cannot open my Safely Remove Hardware icon from the taskbar, nor can I eject from Explorer via My Computer.

Please help.

Could this have something to do with an AHCI setting which I was playing with to enable ejectable eSATA drives?

Please help.

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28 Mar 2011   #22

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
CUPS server caused my problem

I had the same problem with USB devices taking a horrendously long time to unmount in Windows 7 when I used the "Safely Remove Hardware" Task Tray icon.

Poster omg108, who solved this problem for him/herself while trying to fix a problem with Adobe Illustrator, ended up pointing me in the right direction. I was quite positive that I had a default printer installed, but pulled up the Devices and Printers window to look around anyway... and, while looking through my devices, I began to wonder if the CUPS (Linux) print server I'd installed late last year had anything to do with my USB unmounting problem; the CUPS server wasn't my default printer (a network printer was), but we all know that Microsoft products tend not to play terribly nicely with Linux. For the heck of it, I removed that device out of my Devices and Printers... and my USB ejection problem was gone.
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05 Oct 2011   #23

Windows 7 x64 enterprise
CUPS was the culprit

That was it! A CUPS printer (actually several) were hanging things up. Removing the CUPS printers (which took each about 30 seconds) solved it. Thank you!
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13 Mar 2019   #24

windows 7 64 bit
this one seems related

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