So this problem is certainly a recurring one. Hi, I have a few Western Digital Hard drives and I have the same problem on all of them, not allowing me to safely remove the drive because some other software is using it. If the issue still persists, follow the Method 2. To troubleshoot the issue better, please let us know the details mentioned below: a Was it working fine before? And this makes me a sad panda. I work in photography, and have never lost a file as a result. Now my questions: Can i just unplug the drive because it is set to quick remove or should I do something before I unplug next time when i get that message again.
Sometimes something you aren't aware of will be running and you won't be able to quit or restart. If all else fails, shutting down the computer first will safely stop the drive. Some firewire drives can behave erratically depending on the system software and the particular bridge the drive is using. As for hot plugging, I'm unable to do that with this particular drive as it does not have a power button; it powers up and down when connected and disconnected from my iMac. Close everything that may possibly be using the drive and try ejecting again. It took me quite a while to realise what was causing the problem.
Here's how to remove the drive safely, even when Windows tells you it's not safe. But that sequence will never fail on the W10 Pro system. So, in that regard, it was disconnected. I just do not like turning it off or just unplugging it. Once the drive is turned off, disconnect the interface cable.
Some times I get that message and sometimes I don't. Once this is done, restart the computer and check, if it works. If that fails, then I do what rje49 recommends. You can also open Task Manager right-click the taskbar and select Start Task Manager and examine both the Applications and Processes tab to see if anything is hanging on. Step 8: If Windows Indexing Service is turned on, Windows may not allow the removal of the external drive, since it causes Windows to constantly watch the drive.
All of which brings up another issue: Why doesn't Windows' own tool offer this capability. Thanks for all the feedback. When you connect a firewire drive, you should hot plug it. If another user account is running on that machine, it just might be holding onto something on the external drive. Microsoft cannot guarantee that any problems resulting from the use of Third Party Software can be solved.
Pain in the rear they are, really. Maybe I'm having the same issue you had with your drive and Lion. I checked the settings of my drive and it was set to quick removal. Hey Daniel, I run my backups manually, and I thought the same thing you did. I hit eject next to the drives icon in the Finder sidebar, and nothing. Would you like to answer one of these instead? I noticed in my taskbar, the Windows Action Center had a message saying it had an automatic backup scheduled for my system. The sudden, unprepared removal of a storage device can corrupt files.
Other multimedia applications may have similar issues if they automatically add new music to their library by monitoring file locations, specifically on the external drive. Thanks and Regards Mir - Microsoft Answers Support Engineer Visit our. Once that happened, the drive refused to eject, which is what lead to the issue seemingly being intermittent. More over in the latest build Windows 10 technical Preview 9879, Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media icon broken!! After clicking restart, the operating system will do it's thing by stopping all running processes. Nothing is being read from it. I use it as storage for my thesis and other documents for uni. Might help if we knew what the hell you're recommending? The reasoning for this is that if a particular cell of the memory on the thumbdrive was damaged by unplugging it, the long format should catch it.
Windows will not allow me to safely remove my drive. Make sure you close all open documents and programs before you try to stop the drive. I'm currently backing up about 1. Seagate makes no warranty - implied or otherwise - regarding the performance or reliability of these companies or products. Click to open them until you find the drive where the particular device is plugged in. I think I got it! On the W10 Home system, its intermittent. I have been dealing with this issue for weeks now with my Windows 7 64bit and I am also using a Sandisk Cruzer.
I'm confident the problem is still there. Each warns me not to unplug without using the shutdown icon on the taskbar. After this, I was able to eject the drive I was having trouble with. Please remember that you would be very unwise to put yourself in a situation where that is a concern for you. But if you don't want to spend the money… 4: Log off and on Logging off your account will close every file and program you've opened, including whatever is holding on to the external drive. It has been an issue that has gone on for years, and through several versions of Windows. If you have any additional advice or information on this subject matter, please submit it.
Instructions may vary depending on the version of Media Player. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended. This software most often is security, storage management, or backup utilities. Edy Wan asked how to safely remove a flash drive, or an external hard drive, when Windows says it isn't safe to do so. Check if an application, file, open document, music or video file or any other application is in use and close it. Whenever I try to eject a certain external hard drive using the little icon in the task window, I get a message that it is in use. Try this if you use more than one external drive on your computer.