Windows 10: Cannot eject safely an external USB drive

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  1. Bree's Avatar
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       02 Mar 2017 #11

    I have no problems ejecting external drives (apart from closing any apps that may be using the drive). You don't need any extra 'tools'. Just use the 'Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media' icon in the notification area. If you don't see it there when your drive is attached, click the ^ symbol to show the hidden icons, then click and drag it onto the notification area.

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    Is there something else to do ?
    Well, I always make sure my drives are set for the default of 'Quick removal'.
    Disk Write Caching - Enable or Disable in Windows 10

    I right-click on my external drives in File Explorer, select Properties and turn off 'Allow files on this drive to have contents indexed...'.

    I also like to turn off the Recycle bin for external drives.
    Recycle Bin - Permanently Delete Files in Windows 10
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  2.    03 Mar 2017 #12

    Try this:
    Create a new folder on the drive, then delete the folder. Then go to the Recycle Bin and Empty it.
    Now click on the USB Safely Remove symbol in the task bar and select Eject (your external drive).

    This is a long shot, but quick and easy and may work if you are having a problem similar to one I had. I'll add more if this does anything.
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  3.    03 Mar 2017 #13

    Cannot eject safely an external USB drive


    TV2 said: View Post
    Try this:
    Create a new folder on the drive, then delete the folder. Then go to the Recycle Bin and Empty it.
    Now click on the USB Safely Remove symbol in the task bar and select Eject (your external drive).
    This is a long shot, but quick and easy and may work if you are having a problem similar to one I had. I'll add more if this does anything.
    Hello,
    Thanks for the answer - I tried this, no luck. I click on the "Rject safely.....", but windows refuses,
    what I do now - double click on the portable utility, and when the light on the external drive flickers, I pull out the plug.
    I even tried to remove the drive from 'devices & printers' - failed, ran troubleshooter - found nothing.
    Motim
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  4. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (1809) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       03 Mar 2017 #14

    Motim said: View Post
    I even tried to remove the drive from 'devices & printers'...
    Do that and it uninstalls the device. It will have to reinstall it next time you plug it in.

    Disable write caching, indexing, and try turning off the Recycle Bin on that drive. See the Tutorials I linked to earlier.

    If you have an AV that will scan newly connected USBs, disable that option too.
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