Stopping External USB drive on Sever 2003 & 2008

Posted on 2011-05-05
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Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I use external USB drives on Windows server 2008 & 2003. Some times I can clock Stop and release an external drive. I know I'm selecting the correcct drive to stop.

Some times, I get the message "the drive cannot be stopped". I've trried resolving this by stopping services like Anti Virus and Backup Exec services but it doesn;t always work. in that case, I need to restart the server and disconnect the drive before it comes back up.

Is there a common solution to this problem?
Question by:Tony Giangreco
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Randy Downs earned 1000 total points
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Usually when this happens the drive (or a file on the drive) is open somewhere like Windows Explorer.
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by:Tony Giangreco
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I only use the external drive to make a copy of backup files. I stopped the backup and anti virus services. there were no other apps running on the server and the users don't have access to the usb drives.
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by:Svet Paperov
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Don't have a solution, just a comment: I would say this is a common problem with a solution… And it happens much more often on WS 2008 than it was on 2003.

I suspect, there could be something related to indexing or system volume information but never had the time and willingness to investigate. I just unplug the disk after ensuring that there are no open files.  
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by:Svet Paperov
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Sorry.... without a solution

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