Eject mass storage device = the device is currently in use ?

Hewlett-packard / Hp compaq dc7100 sff(pk86...
April 25, 2015 at 17:14:59
Specs: w 8, 2.793 GHz / 503 MB
When I try to eject my external hdd , windows says " the device is currently in use ,close any programs " .
But all my programs are closed , so how can I find out whats is doing this ? It was suggested that you can use the windows Resource meter to find out. I did that and it says there is no program using the external hdd E: , any suggestion is appreciated .

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April 25, 2015 at 18:16:39
When you right click on the Eject icon in the system notification (tray) area, is there any other option other than eject?
If so, click on it.

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April 25, 2015 at 19:42:19
If you have used Windows Explorer, Microsoft Office, Paint or any program to access the drive, the program will remember it even after you close them The trick is to reopen the program, use it to access drive C, then close it. This works for me in all instances.

Another trick is to power down the computer then disconnect the USB external unit.


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April 26, 2015 at 00:04:51
Yeah whenever possible I attach or disconnect USB devices only when the computer is off. Here's something else you might check into:


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April 26, 2015 at 09:07:14
Normally there are two application may in using your HD.
1. Your virus guard is scanning it. (check your virus guard)
2. A virus is in progress. (Do a full virus scan for your PC)

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April 26, 2015 at 15:29:46
Yes there is another option when I right click , - Open devices and printers - I done that - it then asks for an option to Remove the device - I done that - it then just does nothing

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April 26, 2015 at 15:50:01
Edit: Now installs Delta toolbar even if opted out of during install. Can't recommend.

Here is a tutorial that offers a solution using free software ($5 donation optional) to unlock the drive from any processes and then allow you to "Safely Eject":


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April 26, 2015 at 15:59:21
As an alternative to my post above here is another thread on achieving the goal using Iobits unlocker instead:


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April 26, 2015 at 19:37:43
"Open devices and printers"

Click on the External HDD drive icon, then click on the "Troubleshoot" option.

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April 26, 2015 at 20:46:14
Open Task Manager and see if there is anything that is open that does not need to be. You can also click in 'show for all users' box to show some hidden processes.

Sometimes just restarting the machine will allow you to Eject it afterwards.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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