Windows 10: This Device is Currently in Use - USB Jump Drive Solved

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  1. Posts : 14,305
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       12 Oct 2015 #1

    This Device is Currently in Use - USB Jump Drive


    Just finished installing and wanted to be sure the USB Drive drive ejected like it's supposed to, but it doesn't! We're right back where we started:

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    This Device is Currently in Use. Close Programs! Sheesh!
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  2.    12 Oct 2015 #2

    Sometimes a program that is open, even one you don't think was associated with recent USB drive activity, can prevent the release of the hardware. Common culprits are Outlook and any browsers. Best to close every program one by one to see what was holding it up.
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       12 Oct 2015 #3

    Kanata said: View Post
    Sometimes a program that is open, even one you don't think was associated with recent USB drive activity, can prevent the release of the hardware. Common culprits are Outlook and any browsers. Best to close every program one by one to see what was holding it up.
    I had already closed everything, but I just went back and closed everything again . . . I still get the same message. BTW, this was also happening in Build 10547 until an update a couple of days ago straightened things out.
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       12 Oct 2015 #4

    Wynona said: View Post
    Just finished installing and wanted to be sure the USB Drive drive ejected like it's supposed to, but it doesn't! We're right back where we started:

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    This Device is Currently in Use. Close Programs! Sheesh!
    The thing is that this has been an intermittent problem since Windows 7. Sometimes you go to eject your USB drive and no problem. Other times you get the 'drive is busy' thing. I've noticed the same thing right through the 8's and into the 10 builds. The problem is that it's intermittent, and it's really hard to troubleshoot what's going on.

    But it's not new to Windows 10, any build, in my experience. As Kanata said, there are programs that don't release their call on the drive - even after you close them. Sometimes, just waiting for a while (maybe a long while) and trying again gets it done. It's a strange problem, and I hope they fix it soon.
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    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       12 Oct 2015 #5

    I use: Sync
    From Admin command prompt, type: sync -e
    then just remove the device without using Safely Remove.

    NOTE:
    You can create a shortcut, set it to run as Admin and run whenever you need.
    Last edited by topgundcp; 12 Oct 2015 at 20:22.
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       12 Oct 2015 #6

    sgage said: View Post
    The thing is that this has been an intermittent problem since Windows 7. Sometimes you go to eject your USB drive and no problem. Other times you get the 'drive is busy' thing. I've noticed the same thing right through the 8's and into the 10 builds. The problem is that it's intermittent, and it's really hard to troubleshoot what's going on.

    But it's not new to Windows 10, any build, in my experience. As Kanata said, there are programs that don't release their call on the drive - even after you close them. Sometimes, just waiting for a while (maybe a long while) and trying again gets it done. It's a strange problem, and I hope they fix it soon.
    Yet, I've never encountered this problem more than once or twice; not in Windows 7, 8.0/8.1 or Windows 10. That is until it popped up in Build 10547.
    Nor can I figure what "had a hold" on this particular Jump Drive, since the only reason I plugged it in was to see if it could be ejected. I've plugged in four more drives and each and every one of them are in use and cannot be ejected.
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  7. Posts : 1,177
    Windows 10 Home
       12 Oct 2015 #7

    You don't have indexing on for the drive in question, do you? Just a random thought.
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       12 Oct 2015 #8

    Word Man said: View Post
    You don't have indexing on for the drive in question, do you? Just a random thought.
    Not that I know of.
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    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       12 Oct 2015 #9

    In order to see what's holding it. Download: Process Explorer
    From the menu: Find->Find Handle or DLL
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       12 Oct 2015 #10

    Lappy 15 refuses to turn loose of Jump Drive too.
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