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Well That's Odd + A Question

Posted by Blessed Blade , in Computers, General Life Jul 24 2012 · 351 views

Alternative Titles: Agh Why Won't You Stop?


So, I have an odd problem... So, I have an external hard drive, been using it to store stuff in archives, so I can transfer between computers.

Well... Uh... It won't stop the hard drive so I can remove it. And I don't want to unplug it from the computer until it's safely ejected, otherwise, things might go horribly wrong. But it won't let me; it keeps claiming something's using it, but the other possible thing that could use it, was already turned to a copy of the file which is actually on the desktop, so nothing is using it; at all!

The only thing I could do, seemingly, is just shut the computer down, and then unplug the hard drive from the computer afterward, but that isn't something that is really best, since I want to be able to just stop and remove it, without having to halt browsing just because something decided to keep the External Drive in use... -_-

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Let's Henshin!
Jul 24 2012 12:25 PM
Try using ctrl+alt+delete and going to process and finding whatever may be using the hard drive.
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Try this program, it is called ProEject, I've used it plenty of times and it has yet to fail me.
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Blessed Blade
Jul 24 2012 01:45 PM
Onarax: That's the thing; even when nothing is running aside from defaults, it still pops that message up.

Kohaku: Hmm, I might look into it; does it has a minimum/maximum operating system?
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From the official website, all it states is this:

Description: ProEject is an easy to use application which allows you to safely dismount a removable drive by closing running applications and open windows, as well as clearing the registry and folders of any trace that the USB drive might have left behind. By placing ProEject on the same drive you want to eject and running, will automatically eject the drive with little fuss. It’s that simple.

Version: V1.0.0.0
License: GPLv3
Requirements: Window XP above.
Portable: Yes (Stealth)
What does ProEject actually remove?
ProEject will remove traces of programs in the MRU (most recently used) sections of the Windows Registry, as well as entries created in the “Run on Startup” key. As an addition ProEject also checks for shortcuts created in the SendTo, Recent, Quick Launch, Pinned (Windows 7 only!) and the Windows Firewall.

I've used it with mine when it didn't want to eject or stop before, it is a pretty light program so most things aren't an issue with it.
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Blessed Blade
Jul 24 2012 02:19 PM
Hmm; I might try it eventually, then.

To check, though, since I have 100 things on the go today(Blah, why does everything decide to break today, all at once? D=), would simply shutting down be a 'safe' way to remove a drive? I've accidentally done it before, I believe, so I don't think it harms anything, but, I just want to check...
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Yeah, that is safe as it 'forces' the eject.
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Blessed Blade
Jul 24 2012 02:40 PM
Alright then, that'll probably be my idea, then.
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