stop external drive

Posted on 2007-10-02
Last Modified: 2013-11-14
device cannot be stopped because a program is still accessing it
Question by:jgaines22
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    Accepted Solution

    Make sure you close all software that could be accessing it, then try again. Antimalware software often accesses external disks too, so sometimes you need to wait until any such scans are finished.
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    Expert Comment

    or try lanching task manager, end explorer.exe from Processes list
    go to Applications tab, click on New Task and write explorer.exe and hit enter
    that will refresh explorer and now try to stop the drive

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