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'safely remove hardware' tells me to come back later

jvaaz asked
Last Modified: 2012-08-14
i often use an external usb hard drive with my laptop. win xp, 1gb ram.
when i'd like to remove it, i'll double click on the proper icon in the tray,
but it will tell me:

the device 'generic volume' cannot be stopped right now. try stopping the device again later.

how much later? can i just pull the usb plug without getting an ok?

i am not using the external hd at this point.

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Author of the Year 2011
Top Expert 2006

Hi jvaaz,
When I see that warning, I usually have a file open on the external connection.
With WIN2K, my system used to freeze if I pulled a USB device out without 'stopping' it.

I've never had that problem with XP and I just pull out my Thumb Drive when I'm done with it.
If you do have a document open, it will fail out when you try to save or close it after removing the drive.

Post back when you can.


i've tried it a few times since.
no change.
i've made sure that  there are no files open.
i have no choice but to 'pull the plug' or reboot.
if i pull the plug and everything is ok,
then what's the sense of having this feature.
i've been dilligent about this.
or am i making a mistake by pulling the plug?
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have a few other things to address before i get back to this.
i am upping the points.
please be patient
Author of the Year 2011
Top Expert 2006

Depending on how you're using that External Hard Drive, anything from Windows Explorer to some kind of Temp file (and lots of stuff in between) can be creating a connection.


took a while, but got it.

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