I'm using a Western Digital 250 GB external USB hard drive on an XP SP-2 Pro
system. The drive is recognized by Windows when connected, but after
searching and copying files to the disk, when I go through the two-step
"safely remove hardware" process (taskbar icon), I often get a Windows alert
that "the device cannot be disconnected right now - try again later", or
something to that effect.
If I log off and back on, I am able to successfully remove the device. Ditto
if I terminate explorer.exe and then relaunch it (Windows Task Manager).
To complicate matters further, the problem seems intermittent. I cannot
duplicate it on command.
The items running on my system listed in services.msc are heavily tweaked; I'm running a barebones environment. I am not sure if this is relevant.
I need a resolution. Any ideas?