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  1.    10 Mar 2015 #1
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    Safe eject has issues?


    Hello, i've noticed an interesting fact while i was working with few usb's . Windows 10 , at least mine cannot eject usb's no matter if you just plugged it in , safe eject doesn't work . There is a message coming up "this device is currently in use close all programs...."
    Anyone else who has encountered it as well and can share thoughts?
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  2.    10 Mar 2015 #2
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    This isn't a Windows 10 specific issue - it always happens. There are various ways to find what is locking it but the easiest is to log out and in.

    Solved Trouble ejecting WD external hard drive
    Problem Ejecting USB Mass Storage Device This device is currently - Microsoft Community

    Personally I just ignore the message - it has never caused any issue but don't do that if you are in the middle of copying something or if you don't have the drive set for "quick removal" as described in post 3 of the first link.
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  3.    10 Mar 2015 #3
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    I've encountered it for years.
    Most times it's been because of an obvious program that's using it (including Windows Explorer)
    I usually try to kill it through Task Manager.
    If that doesn't work, then I just yank it out (if I'm really concerned about the drive, then I'll shut the system down and remove it when the system is off).
    It doesn't seem to cause problems though, although after a month or two of pulling them in/out (at work) there will be a need to scan it.
    When scanned the system doesn't seem to find any problems.

    FWIW - I avoid most problems by copying to the Desktop (rather than launching from the USB drive) - and then launching from there. I currently use a SanDisk 128 gB USB3 flash drive at work - and I put it in/take it out about 30 times a day.
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  4.    10 Mar 2015 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by naidz View Post
    Hello, i've noticed an interesting fact while i was working with few usb's . Windows 10 , at least mine cannot eject usb's no matter if you just plugged it in , safe eject doesn't work . There is a message coming up "this device is currently in use close all programs...."
    Anyone else who has encountered it as well and can share thoughts?
    It's called "Safe Eject" because it won't Eject if any files are in use. In other words, it's doing it's job. So, this is not an issue with Safe Eject, but rather your expectation of what Safe Eject does.

    You assume that Safe Eject should always eject the drive, but do so in a safe manner. While the reality is that it Will try to eject the drive (ie dismount) but fail if anything is in use.

    Most likely this happens when you try to eject it right away is because something is scanning the drive, such as Anti-virus or Windows Explorer. If you wait a few minutes, you should be able to eject it. If that still doesn't work, and you find you have this problem often, you may have some software on your system that keeps files open. You might want to download a program like TaskInfo to find which programs have the files or the drive locked.
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  5.    10 Apr 2015 #5
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    still an odd issue.
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  6.    23 Apr 2015 #6
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    Restart the pc and try eject again.
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  7.    24 Apr 2015 #7
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    I just open This PC and click on the USB drive and choose eject anyway. It works.
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  8.    12 Jul 2015 #8
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    Iv'e noticed AV is preventing safe eject, when down - no problem ejecting
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  9.    12 Jul 2015 #9
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    Windows 10 Pro x64

    This was a problem in build 10130 (and earlier?), It has been fixed in the latest builds.
    The original post was back in March.
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  10.    11 Sep 2015 #10
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    I am here to say that this problem is still an issue. It just happened to me today.

    When I try to eject my USB3 flash drive using Safely Remove Hardware, most of the time I get a message that says "This device is currently in use" or "Problem Ejecting USB".
    I get these messages even though there is no activity on the flash drive.

    Windows 8.1 and 7 never gave me this kind of a hassle. And if I just yank out the flash drive, sometimes I get a message that says my flash drive needs to be scanned and repaired. Although it never finds anything.
    Windows 10 is doing something different to the flash drive that 8.1 & 7 did not do.
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