Windows 10: How to force-eject an external drive?

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  1. Kari's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
       25 Feb 2018 #21

    You simply press WIN + R to open RUN prompt, type shutdown -s -f -t 0 and hit Enter to force Windows to shut down. No worries, no lost data.

    When done, disconnect the external USB device.

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  2. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (1809) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       25 Feb 2018 #22

    battlezone said: View Post
    If I try to shut down the computer so that I may safely remove the external drive, and if I get a pop-up that says the drive is currently in use, will that not mess up things if I shut the computer down?
    No, shutting down the computer will first shut down all running processes, including the one that's using the drive. You won't get a pop-up.
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  3.    25 Feb 2018 #23

    I thank you both. This puts my concern to rest.
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  4.    25 Feb 2018 #24

    I reckon you should experiment with disabling autorun / autoplay on external drives.

    Open the Settings app and click Devices. Select AutoPlay from the left sidebar.

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    Apply the settings in the screenshot.

    Run regedit then navigate to:




    Here is where it gets tricky. In each location check for NoDriveTypeAutoRun in the right pane. If it's not there right click and create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value and name it NoDriveTypeAutoRun

    Enter DD in hex as your value for the DWORD "NoDriveTypeAutorun" you created above. This will allow the installer CD ROMs you insert to still autorun but nothing else.

    To disable autorun for ALL drives including CD ROM, enter the value of 255 decimal or FF hex.

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