20h2 - usb hard drive won't eject  

  1. Posts : 22
    windows 10

    20h2 - usb hard drive won't eject

    I've searched this forum and tried several solutions with no joy...

    After running freefilesync yesterday my WD Elements usb drive would not eject using the task manager. Tried explorer but there is no eject option that I can see. Also tried disk management but no eject option there either. Finally, powered off and removed the drive then rebooted - all files on the drive seem ok. Is there a known solution to this problem? TIA for any help.
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  2. Posts : 7,599
    Windows 10 Home 20H2

    Right-click on the "Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media" icon on the system tray.
    Do you see the external hard disk?

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  3. Posts : 29,478
    10 Home x64 (22H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)

    LouG said:
    ...Finally, powered off and removed the drive then rebooted .... Is there a known solution to this problem?
    As Matthew says, the normal way to eject a USB HDD is from the taskbar icon, click the ^ to look in the hidden icons if you don't see it on the taskbar.

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    Having said that, you cannot safely eject if any file on the HDD is open. Closing all apps should close all the files they have opened, but sometimes a file is left marked as 'open'. It's not always obvious what process may still be holding a file open. Try signing out then in again to close all your processes, that works 9 times out of 10. If all else fails, it is always safe to power off and remove the drive as you did.
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  4. Posts : 56,671
    Multi-boot Windows 10/11 - RTM, RP, Beta, and Insider

    If the drive policies are set to Quick Removal, it is not necessary to use Safely Eject and you may not even see the option, since it is not needed.

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  5. Posts : 13,163
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro and Home

    I've noticed the possibility that some programs that have a 'mini' file manager may not release the drive right away when closed, still have something in memory.
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  6. Posts : 4,224
    Windows 10

    Another suggestion: it's usually quite safe to shut down the PC, and then unplug the drive while the PC is powered down. Shutting down will take care of the closing open files, resolving pending writes, and other housekeeping needed before unplugging a USB device. Just a thought...
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