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Win8: How to safely remove USB drive (this device is currently in use)?

Posted on 2013-02-01
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I recently switched to Win8 x64 and regardless of whether I try to safely remove 32Gb flash drive or any WD drive 500Gb or 1Tb - I am always told that "this device is currently in use" etc.

this is what I have checked so far:
- indexing
indexing- policies
policies-handles
handle Y:\

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System             pid: 4      type: File           E54: Y:\System Volume Information\{3808876b-c176-4e48-b7ae-04046e6cc752}
System             pid: 4      type: File           F30: Y:\$Extend\$RmMetadata\$Txf
System             pid: 4      type: File          10D0: Y:\System Volume Information\{862cb88b-5a4a-11e2-bf22-0019bbea298c}{3808876b-c176-4e48-b7ae-04046e6cc752}
System             pid: 4      type: File          10D8: Y:\System Volume Information\{26c06ec4-3668-11e2-8ea0-a4badbb59455}{3808876b-c176-4e48-b7ae-04046e6cc752}
System             pid: 4      type: File          1694: Y:\$Extend\$RmMetadata\$TxfLog\$TxfLogContainer00000000000000000002
System             pid: 4      type: File          1700: Y:\System Volume Information\{9fe52b8b-4aee-11e2-8de8-a4badbb59455}{3808876b-c176-4e48-b7ae-04046e6cc752}
System             pid: 4      type: File          1988: Y:\System Volume Information\EfaData\SYMEFA.DB
System             pid: 4      type: File          199C: Y:\$Extend\$RmMetadata\$TxfLog\$TxfLog.blf
System             pid: 4      type: File          19EC: Y:\System Volume Information\{9fe52b75-4aee-11e2-8de8-a4badbb59455}{3808876b-c176-4e48-b7ae-04046e6cc752}
System             pid: 4      type: File          1B58: Y:\$Extend\$RmMetadata\$TxfLog\$TxfLogContainer00000000000000000001
System             pid: 4      type: File          1B60: Y:\System Volume Information\EfaData\SYMEFA.DB
System             pid: 4      type: File          1BD8: Y:\System Volume Information\{862cb5d8-5a4a-11e2-bf22-0019bbea298c}{3808876b-c176-4e48-b7ae-04046e6cc752}
recordingmanager.exe pid: 5628   type: File           294: Y:\

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tasklist /SVC /FI "PID eq 5628"

Image Name                     PID Services
========================= ======== ============================================
recordingmanager.exe          5628 N/A

tasklist /SVC /FI "PID eq 4"

Image Name                     PID Services
========================= ======== ============================================
System                           4 N/A

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how can I establish what is causing this and/or prevent it from happening?

Thanks

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Is System Restore turned on for those drives?
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I don't think so
sys.protection off for Y
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What is your AV? I've seen ones, especially like Kaspersky, constantly accessing and scanning ever external drives making it impossible to 'remove safely'.
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Norton internet security, but even if I disable it something still has a lock on the  drive
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if you chose right click on the device and select eject does it in fact remove it from the drive list?
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try setting it to the other option (higher prestations) instead of quick removal - and test; then set it back to Quick removal
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I disabled few processes and it turned to be powerdvd

disabled startup items
thanks for your help guys
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disabling that process removed the lock and allowed the drive to be removed safely.
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For anyone else reading this, note that recordingmanager.exe locks USB drives as in use and stops their being ejected.  Just kill the process.  It's part of RealPlayer's downloader.
Drives me round the bend on my own PCs!
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