External USB HD can't be removed safely

Posted: 01-20-2009, 03:27 AM
Hi,

I just bought a WD Passport 320gb external USB hard drive. It works fine
EXCEPT, I can try to safely remove and it tells me the drive is still in
use. There's no explorer processes running...I can safely remove my microSD
cards just fine. I already checked to make sure system restore was disabled
for that drive. Indexing is also disabled. But regardless of what I do,
Vista insists that drive is in use when it's not.

I really don't wanna pull the plug or reboot EVERY TIME I want to remove
this because i'd spend more time waiting for this trainwreck to boot up and
shut down.

XP does not have this behavior.

External USB HD can't be removed safely


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Earle Horton
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Re: External USB HD can't be removed safely
Posted: 01-20-2009, 04:21 AM
Anti-virus program?
Paging turned on for that drive?
Do you have a window open on the drive? XP would gladly close such a window
when you asked to remove a drive, but Vista would not.
Any third party apps that might have a file open?

Earle

"Jay Moore" <dewdude@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> Hi,
>
> I just bought a WD Passport 320gb external USB hard drive. It works fine
> EXCEPT, I can try to safely remove and it tells me the drive is still in
> use. There's no explorer processes running...I can safely remove my
> microSD cards just fine. I already checked to make sure system restore was
> disabled for that drive. Indexing is also disabled. But regardless of what
> I do, Vista insists that drive is in use when it's not.
>
> I really don't wanna pull the plug or reboot EVERY TIME I want to remove
> this because i'd spend more time waiting for this trainwreck to boot up
> and shut down.
>
> XP does not have this behavior.
>
Opinicus
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Re: External USB HD can't be removed safely
Posted: 01-20-2009, 10:39 AM
"Earle Horton" <earleh@terra.com.invalid> wrote
>> I just bought a WD Passport 320gb external USB hard drive. It works fine
>> EXCEPT, I can try to safely remove and it tells me the drive is still in
>> use. There's no explorer processes running...I can safely remove my
>> microSD cards just fine. I already checked to make sure system restore
>> was disabled for that drive. Indexing is also disabled. But regardless of
>> what I do, Vista insists that drive is in use when it's not.
>>
>> I really don't wanna pull the plug or reboot EVERY TIME I want to remove
>> this because i'd spend more time waiting for this trainwreck to boot up
>> and shut down.
> Anti-virus program?
> Paging turned on for that drive?
> Do you have a window open on the drive? XP would gladly close such a
> window when you asked to remove a drive, but Vista would not.
> Any third party apps that might have a file open?
I'm using a WD MyBook 500 gb external USB hard drive and have been having
that problem now with increasing frequency. The culprit (I just caught it in
the act a few minutes ago) is a program called "svchost.exe".
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Svchost


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Alex Clayton
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Re: External USB HD can't be removed safely
Posted: 01-20-2009, 10:42 PM
"Jay Moore" <dewdude@gmail.com> wrote in message
news8B8069C-0FA9-42FF-8653-C4FD3007CA03@microsoft.com...
> Hi,
>
> I just bought a WD Passport 320gb external USB hard drive. It works fine
> EXCEPT, I can try to safely remove and it tells me the drive is still in
> use. There's no explorer processes running...I can safely remove my
> microSD cards just fine. I already checked to make sure system restore was
> disabled for that drive. Indexing is also disabled. But regardless of what
> I do, Vista insists that drive is in use when it's not.
>
> I really don't wanna pull the plug or reboot EVERY TIME I want to remove
> this because i'd spend more time waiting for this trainwreck to boot up
> and shut down.
>
> XP does not have this behavior.
>
I have a couple WD Passports. I only use them to store movies from DVD until
I get to watch them. Every now and then it does that same thing, refuses to
let me remove. I will try a few times and then just pull the plug. They only
do it on this Vista machine. They still work fine next time I plug them in.
Every time I have had to do this I have the machine do a check on them and
it always says no problems found. just another minor annoyance with Vista.
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Jay Moore
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Re: External USB HD can't be removed safely
Posted: 01-20-2009, 11:20 PM
Checked that.
Nope.
Nope, no windows open.
No applications open whatsoever.

"Earle Horton" <earleh@terra.com.invalid> wrote in message
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> Anti-virus program?
> Paging turned on for that drive?
> Do you have a window open on the drive? XP would gladly close such a
> window when you asked to remove a drive, but Vista would not.
> Any third party apps that might have a file open?
>
> Earle
>
> "Jay Moore" <dewdude@gmail.com> wrote in message
> news8B8069C-0FA9-42FF-8653-C4FD3007CA03@microsoft.com...
>> Hi,
>>
>> I just bought a WD Passport 320gb external USB hard drive. It works fine
>> EXCEPT, I can try to safely remove and it tells me the drive is still in
>> use. There's no explorer processes running...I can safely remove my
>> microSD cards just fine. I already checked to make sure system restore
>> was disabled for that drive. Indexing is also disabled. But regardless of
>> what I do, Vista insists that drive is in use when it's not.
>>
>> I really don't wanna pull the plug or reboot EVERY TIME I want to remove
>> this because i'd spend more time waiting for this trainwreck to boot up
>> and shut down.
>>
>> XP does not have this behavior.
>>
Jay Moore
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Re: External USB HD can't be removed safely
Posted: 01-20-2009, 11:21 PM
>
> I'm using a WD MyBook 500 gb external USB hard drive and have been having
> that problem now with increasing frequency. The culprit (I just caught it
> in the act a few minutes ago) is a program called "svchost.exe".
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Svchost
>
that is about as useless as saying "my car stopped running, turns out it
needs gas"

Gary M
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Re: External USB HD can't be removed safely
Posted: 01-21-2009, 11:53 AM
The meaning of "safe to remove device" for external USB drives is that any
data written to the drive has truly finished being written, the cache has
been flushed and no data lose will take place when you unplug the drive.
If you are certain that writing to the drive is finished, then it is
probably safe to unplug the drive, after at least once using the safely
remove device utility.
Logging off, by my experience, should be sufficient to flush the cache and
allowing you to "safely" remove the drive.

Sometimes I log off and log back on and the safe to remove drive now works.
I would not bother to reboot the computer, unless I had some very special
important data that I could no take any risk whatsoever that I might lose it
and I don't have it backed up anywhere else.

"Jay Moore" <dewdude@gmail.com> wrote in message
news8B8069C-0FA9-42FF-8653-C4FD3007CA03@microsoft.com...
> Hi,
>
> I just bought a WD Passport 320gb external USB hard drive. It works fine
> EXCEPT, I can try to safely remove and it tells me the drive is still in
> use. There's no explorer processes running...I can safely remove my
> microSD cards just fine. I already checked to make sure system restore was
> disabled for that drive. Indexing is also disabled. But regardless of what
> I do, Vista insists that drive is in use when it's not.
>
> I really don't wanna pull the plug or reboot EVERY TIME I want to remove
> this because i'd spend more time waiting for this trainwreck to boot up
> and shut down.
>
> XP does not have this behavior.
>
Clark
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Re: External USB HD can't be removed safely
Posted: 01-21-2009, 02:17 PM
Jay Moore wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I just bought a WD Passport 320gb external USB hard drive. It works fine
> EXCEPT, I can try to safely remove and it tells me the drive is still in
> use. There's no explorer processes running...I can safely remove my
> microSD cards just fine. I already checked to make sure system restore
> was disabled for that drive. Indexing is also disabled. But regardless
> of what I do, Vista insists that drive is in use when it's not.
>
> I really don't wanna pull the plug or reboot EVERY TIME I want to remove
> this because i'd spend more time waiting for this trainwreck to boot up
> and shut down.
>
> XP does not have this behavior.
>
Go to device manager and look at the properties of the drive under
Policies and read those options. If it is external, you should have an
option, but if not the explanation under quick removal should help.

Clark
 
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