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Old 03-13-2011, 10:45 AM   #1
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Default How to find out what is holding me back from disconnecting an ext USB drive?

It's bugging me that whenever I try to safely remove my eternal hard drive, it'll say something is using it but i know it's not. i end up just unplugging it.

is there a way to find out what program is using it?

also is there a widget or something that i can put on the desktop to safely remove the hard drive? clicking on the bottom right icon to do it there's a lag that's annoying.
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Old 03-13-2011, 11:14 AM   #2
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sometimes try ejecting it 2-3 times in a row.
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what do you mean by all that? are those options or steps?
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Old 03-13-2011, 04:09 PM   #4
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C heck Device Manager, drive properties, Policies, and which check box is active . . . Optimize for Quick Removal or Performance. That determines whether or not write caching is in play for that drive.
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Old 03-13-2011, 10:42 PM   #5
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Try that, maybe? I've never tried using it on a drive, but it works great for files and directories.
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Old 03-14-2011, 03:11 AM   #6
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Do you have any media sharing services setup? Windows Media and Winamp are two examples.
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Old 03-14-2011, 06:11 AM   #7
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Do you have any programs like browsers or instant messengers that could have open file handles from say opening/saving files on the drive?

Oh and try Process Explorer.

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