How to find out what is holding me back from disconnecting an ext USB drive?

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  1. tracerit

    tracerit Senior member

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    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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    Emulex Diamond Member

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    sometimes try ejecting it 2-3 times in a row.
     
  3. tracerit

    tracerit Senior member

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    what do you mean by all that? are those options or steps?
     
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    corkyg Elite Member<br>Super Moderator <br>Peripherals
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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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    Do you have any media sharing services setup? Windows Media and Winamp are two examples.
     
  7. Damascus

    Damascus Golden Member

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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.
     
    #7 Damascus, Mar 14, 2011
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