How do I safely remove USB hardware drives, when it says it's still in use?!
by Lee Koo (ADMIN) - 9/16/11 4:39 PM
Question: How do I safely remove USB hardware drives, when it says it's still in use?!
I have an external hard drive, a digital camera, an eMatic
ebook_reader, a few flash drives, and MicroSD chip adapters all hooked
up to my Windows system via a USB connection. Each warns me not to
unplug without using the shutdown icon on the taskbar. Sometimes I get
a message, cannot shutdown because it is still in use. No, it isn't!
Nothing is being transferred to or from it. Nothing is being read from
it. I've opened the Task Manager and there are no programs running
that are using the external devices.
I know the warning is real to not unplug the device while it's in
use--as I have some devices that my computer can no longer recognize
after unplugging them without the using the proper "Safely remove
hardware" procedure. I have a couple of MicroSD adapters and one 16GB
flash drive that had to be thrown away because of this. My question
is: why won't it shut down, what's the cause of it being accessed when
I know it is not being used, and how do I safely remove hardware or
force it to shut down when the computer says the device is busy. All I
want to do is to remove my external devices safely!
--Submitted by: Roderick D.
Here are some member answers to get you started, but
please read all the advice and suggestions that our
members have contributed to this question.
MESSAGE OF USB'S STILL IN USE --Submitted by: GEO2003
Restart not Recommended as the Best Option --Submitted by: High Desert Charlie
Stop "caching" in on your usb devices. --Submitted by: RobertWFrei
Buffering... --Submitted by: darrenforster99
Depends on the file system --Submitted by: Alain Martel1
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