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Unable to stop the USB Drive

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when i try to stop the external Usb drive to remove it safely. it says most of the time "Cant stop the drive right now ...please try stopping the drive later". Ive made sure that no file, data or application is in use from the drive im gonna stop but it still comes up with the same message i.e "Cant stop the drive right now ...please try stopping the drive later". what could be the reason or what can i do to get it removed safely 100/100 times. currently its  hmm i'd say only 8-10 times out of 100 when i get the message "its now safe to remove your hardware". how can get it right all the time . Thx guys for continuous support
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i know its not that difficult for you guys but im not into computer stuff. so plz let me know wts wrong im doing or is it the flaw in the windows.....oh yes i forgot tht im using winxp home edition....does it make it easier to answer the above question?
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If the first time it gives the message, try it a second time.  It'll usually work on the second time.

Usually there is something that has accessed the drive that has not fully let go.  I suspect the OS or in some cases Microsoft Word (this has been my experience).  When you try the second time you will usually find that the culprit has fully released the USB device.
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Can also try right clicking the drive in My Computer and clicking Eject. Then it should "Safely Remove" OK.

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firstly ive made sure and i did mention it already that no process, as far as i can see, any program running that is accessing the data or trying to write something to drive, is running.

Secondly i have multiple drive enclosure with different brand of hard drives and usb flash drives that happens to all of them not every time but it does happen. So im pretty sure the drive board are ok. and ive already checked them with different machines running winxp home and professional.

@burrcm i cant see any option "Eject" after right clicking the computer. if u mean ejecting the physical cd.......thts not wt my question about. im talking about my usb enclosure, and ive made sure no iso, img image is being accessed by any of the virtual drives. so i dont know wt u mean by eject.


@Nobus your suggestion is quite practical and i tried to change it to optimise for fast removal but this option is disabled how can i enable it again any clue. thx for all of you guys for your support
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you should have the option., unless it is restricted by a policy, or administrator.
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Antivirus Software would probably keep the USB drive from ejecting.
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<<i cant see any option "Eject" after right clicking the computer>> It generally is there even though it isn't a CD as you point out. I don't have home edition - perhaps the options are different.

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@nobus im the administrator of this computer n i didnt pose any policy of this kind.... @ Rindi if antivirus is the culprit how can i stop that because i didnt explicitly ask tht program to scan the drive if so....waiting for ur answer thx
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@ Rindi if antivirus is the culprit how can i stop that because i didnt explicitly ask tht program to scan the drive if so

It may do this automatically for any device that gets attached.
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maybe running sfc /scannow from the run bax can help

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@nobus how can i run tht plz write down the total procedure . wts tht and how it work and the way to use it . thx
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You need the original XP installation CD, Then open a command prompt and enter sfc /scannow. This utility checks your system files and replaces them with the original ones from the CD if they are corrupt. After that you would have to use windowsupdate again.
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If you have copied or moved a large file o dealt with a lot of files while having other applications open/working it may be that Windows has cached the disk writting process, so it won't let you remove the USB HD 'cause the info hasn't been written yet.  I don't recall exactly where you change this that so windows doesn't use the write cache.

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