Safely Remove Hardware Device Can't be Stoppe

January 21, 2010 at 15:14:39
Specs: Windows XP
When I try remove my external hard drive from my PC I get a message saying: "The device generic volume cannot be stopped now. Try stopping the device again later." What does this mean?

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#1
January 21, 2010 at 15:54:22
Defrag may be running on the drive or file transfer is still going on. Did you access the drive just prior to attempting to safely remove? Is the activity light on the drive on?

If you accessed the drive just prior, what kind of file/s were you adding/removing?


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#2
January 21, 2010 at 16:23:25
"The device generic volume cannot be stopped now. Try stopping the device again later." What does this mean?"

You need to stop accessing the drive - e.g. if you were doing that in My Computer or Windows Explorer, change to a different drive there - then you can STOP accessing it when you use Safely Remove Hardware.

The same thing can happen with other things you can store data on - memory cards, flash drives, etc.


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#3
January 21, 2010 at 16:26:22
Or open whatever app you used with the USB. Point it somewhere else and close the app. This will cause Windows to forget all the USB thus allowing you to safely remove it.

i_Xp/Vista/W7User


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