"This device is currently in use" USB error msg (Win ver 1903)

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  1. 3point1's Avatar
    Posts : 81
    Win 10 ver 1909
       #1

    "This device is currently in use" USB error msg (Win ver 1903)


    Hello,

    I've had trouble off and on for YEARS with receiving the "This device is currently in use. Close any programs or windows that might be using the device, and then try again." error message when attempting to remove external drives connected to a USB port. Occasionally I've been able to resolve it and safely remove the drive, but more often I end up shutting down the computer and then removing the drive and rebooting.

    I recently went to this website:
    Fix 'This device is currently in use' Error and Safely Remove USB Mass Storage - EaseUS to find a permanent solution. One of the options they suggested was to eject the disk using Disk Management, but when I right click on My Computer and then click on "Manage", nothing happens. Why is my computer non-responsive to this command?

    Thank you for your time.
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  2. Matthew Wai's Avatar
    Posts : 5,132
    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #2

    3point1 said:
    when I right click on My Computer and then click on "Manage", nothing happens.
    Right-click on the Start button-->Disk Management. However, I found no "Eject" there.
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  3. 3point1's Avatar
    Posts : 81
    Win 10 ver 1909
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Matthew Wai said:
    Right-click on the Start button-->Disk Management. However, I found no "Eject" there.
    Same thing happens - nothing.
    Edit: I tested all the menu items after right clicking on Start - the only ones that respond are:
    Apps & Features
    Power Options
    System
    Settings
    Search
    Run
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  4. Matthew Wai's Avatar
    Posts : 5,132
    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #4

    Press the Windows key + R. Run the following command:

    diskmgmt.msc

    If nothing happens, right-click on the Start button-->Windows PowerShell (Admin). Run the following command:

    sfc /scannow
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  5. 3point1's Avatar
    Posts : 81
    Win 10 ver 1909
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Matthew Wai said:
    Press the Windows key + R. Run the following command:
    diskmgmt.msc
    OK - the system responded to that - however, according to the instructions in the link I provided, there should be an "eject" option when I right click on the drive, but there isn't one.
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  6. Matthew Wai's Avatar
    Posts : 5,132
    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #6

    3point1 said:
    more often I end up shutting down the computer and then removing the drive and rebooting.
    If I were you, I would just remove the drive without a shutdown/reboot.
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  7. 3point1's Avatar
    Posts : 81
    Win 10 ver 1909
    Thread Starter
       #7

    If I do that, I run the risk of creating a phantom drive, or potentially losing data on my flash drive, correct?
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  8. Matthew Wai's Avatar
    Posts : 5,132
    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #8

    Try signing out and signing back in. See whether the drive can be removed properly.
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  9. Matthew Wai's Avatar
    Posts : 5,132
    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #9

    I just used the following method to remove a USB drive.

    1. Right-click on the Start button-->Windows PowerShell (Admin).
    2. Run DiskPart
    3. Run the following:
    Code:
    DISKPART> list volume
    
      Volume ###  Ltr  Label        Fs     Type        Size     Status     Info
      ----------  ---  -----------  -----  ----------  -------  ---------  --------
      Volume 0     Z                       DVD-ROM         0 B  No Media
      Volume 1     C   Windows 10   NTFS   Partition     80 GB  Healthy    Boot
      Volume 2         Recovery     NTFS   Partition    528 MB  Healthy
      Volume 3     D   Data         NTFS   Partition    385 GB  Healthy
      Volume 4                      FAT32  Partition     99 MB  Healthy    System
      Volume 5     E   Device       NTFS   Removable   7387 MB  Healthy
      Volume 6     I                       Removable       0 B  No Media
      Volume 7     H   USB Drive    FAT32  Removable     28 GB  Healthy
    
    DISKPART> select volume H
    
    Volume 7 is the selected volume.
    
    DISKPART> remove all dismount
    
    DiskPart successfully removed the drive letter or mount point.
    
    DiskPart successfully dismounted and offlined the volume.
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  10. 3point1's Avatar
    Posts : 81
    Win 10 ver 1909
    Thread Starter
       #10

    Matthew Wai said:
    Try signing out and signing back in. See whether the drive can be removed properly.
    This worked, and is slightly less cumbersome than rebooting. Thank you for the suggestion.
    Matthew Wai said:
    I just used the following method to remove a USB drive.
    1. Right-click on the Start button-->Windows PowerShell (Admin).
    2. Run DiskPart
    See post #3 above - I don't have PowerShell in my menu, but Command Prompt is not responsive. Can you address the issue described in that post, or shall I create a new thread?
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