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Cannot stop flash drive

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Sanford Aranoff, Jul 18, 2010.

  1. Sanford Aranoff

    Sanford Aranoff Flightless Bird

    Why cannot I stop the flash drive? Why do I have to reboot
    in order to remove the flash drive? It was working fine
    before when I could stop it. There are no programs accessing
    it.
    Win XP SP 3.
     
  2. Sunny

    Sunny Flightless Bird

    "Sanford Aranoff" <aranoff@analysis-knowledge.com> wrote in message
    news:4C437A26.BD1796CB@analysis-knowledge.com...
    > Why cannot I stop the flash drive? Why do I have to reboot
    > in order to remove the flash drive? It was working fine
    > before when I could stop it. There are no programs accessing
    > it.
    > Win XP SP 3.


    In Windows Explorer, right click on the drive and select "Eject"
    Works for me (WinXP SP3)
     
  3. Sanford Aranoff

    Sanford Aranoff Flightless Bird

    Sunny wrote:
    >
    > "Sanford Aranoff" <aranoff@analysis-knowledge.com> wrote in message
    > news:4C437A26.BD1796CB@analysis-knowledge.com...
    > > Why cannot I stop the flash drive? Why do I have to reboot
    > > in order to remove the flash drive? It was working fine
    > > before when I could stop it. There are no programs accessing
    > > it.
    > > Win XP SP 3.

    >
    > In Windows Explorer, right click on the drive and select "Eject"
    > Works for me (WinXP SP3)


    Removal disk is currently in use... IT is not in use!
     
  4. Paul

    Paul Flightless Bird

    Sanford Aranoff wrote:
    > Sunny wrote:
    >> "Sanford Aranoff" <aranoff@analysis-knowledge.com> wrote in message
    >> news:4C437A26.BD1796CB@analysis-knowledge.com...
    >>> Why cannot I stop the flash drive? Why do I have to reboot
    >>> in order to remove the flash drive? It was working fine
    >>> before when I could stop it. There are no programs accessing
    >>> it.
    >>> Win XP SP 3.

    >> In Windows Explorer, right click on the drive and select "Eject"
    >> Works for me (WinXP SP3)

    >
    > Removal disk is currently in use... IT is not in use!


    I checked Wikipedia, and they suggested Process Explorer from Sysinternals.

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-ca/sysinternals/bb896653.aspx

    Unzip the download, then double click "procexp.exe".

    At the top of the window, you'll see Find : Find Handle or DLL.
    Select it. For your first test, enter "C:" in the search box.
    That will search for all handles that are accessing your C:
    partition. There should be a long list. The "System"
    will be attached to pagefile and hiberfil, as two examples.

    Now, do a second search. Check first, to see what drive letter your
    flash drive is using. Then, enter it as the volume to search for.
    If you're lucky, that may give you a process which is accessing
    the flash drive.

    For example, I just opened an Explorer window to look at the contents
    of G:, my flash drive. Then, I used the Find : Find Handle or DLL function
    on Procexp, and this is what it shows --

    Process PID Type Handle or DLL

    Explorer.EXE 340 Handle G:/

    So that tells me that the "Explorer.EXE" process is looking at my
    G: flash drive.

    Anything which keeps the flash drive "busy" and cannot be stopped,
    would be a reason why the drive cannot be released.

    Paul
     
  5. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    Is the computer fully-patched at Windows Update?

    What anti-virus application or security suite is installed and is your
    subscription current? What anti-spyware applications (other than Defender)?
    What third-party firewall (if any)?

    Has a(another) Norton or McAfee application ever been installed on the
    computer (e.g., a free-trial version that came preinstalled when you bought
    it)?


    Sanford Aranoff wrote:
    > Why cannot I stop the flash drive? Why do I have to reboot
    > in order to remove the flash drive? It was working fine
    > before when I could stop it. There are no programs accessing
    > it.
    > Win XP SP 3.
     
  6. RMD

    RMD Flightless Bird

    On Sun, 18 Jul 2010 18:03:18 -0400, Sanford Aranoff
    <aranoff@analysis-knowledge.com> wrote:

    >Why cannot I stop the flash drive? Why do I have to reboot
    >in order to remove the flash drive? It was working fine
    >before when I could stop it. There are no programs accessing
    >it.
    >Win XP SP 3.



    It is often things like Explorer or InCD etc are accessing the drive
    and preventing it from ejecting etc.

    I installed "Unlocker", which will unlock these processes stopping the
    drive from ejecting.

    http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker/

    Ross
     
  7. Sanford Aranoff

    Sanford Aranoff Flightless Bird

    RMD wrote:
    >
    > On Sun, 18 Jul 2010 18:03:18 -0400, Sanford Aranoff
    > <aranoff@analysis-knowledge.com> wrote:
    >
    > >Why cannot I stop the flash drive? Why do I have to reboot
    > >in order to remove the flash drive? It was working fine
    > >before when I could stop it. There are no programs accessing
    > >it.
    > >Win XP SP 3.

    >
    > It is often things like Explorer or InCD etc are accessing the drive
    > and preventing it from ejecting etc.
    >
    > I installed "Unlocker", which will unlock these processes stopping the
    > drive from ejecting.
    >
    > http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker/
    >
    > Ross


    I rebooted, removed the flash drive, rebooted again, and now
    it is fine.
    Using ProcessExplorer, I do not know what was accessing the
    drive. Now that it is fine, I will not be able to find out
    what happened. Strange.
     
  8. Spamlet

    Spamlet Flightless Bird

    "Sanford Aranoff" <aranoff@analysis-knowledge.com> wrote in message
    news:4C4455C1.57B9830F@analysis-knowledge.com...
    > RMD wrote:
    >>
    >> On Sun, 18 Jul 2010 18:03:18 -0400, Sanford Aranoff
    >> <aranoff@analysis-knowledge.com> wrote:
    >>
    >> >Why cannot I stop the flash drive? Why do I have to reboot
    >> >in order to remove the flash drive? It was working fine
    >> >before when I could stop it. There are no programs accessing
    >> >it.
    >> >Win XP SP 3.

    >>
    >> It is often things like Explorer or InCD etc are accessing the drive
    >> and preventing it from ejecting etc.
    >>
    >> I installed "Unlocker", which will unlock these processes stopping the
    >> drive from ejecting.
    >>
    >> http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker/
    >>
    >> Ross

    >
    > I rebooted, removed the flash drive, rebooted again, and now
    > it is fine.
    > Using ProcessExplorer, I do not know what was accessing the
    > drive. Now that it is fine, I will not be able to find out
    > what happened. Strange.


    In most cases all that is happening when you can't stop a drive is that you
    have left a file that is on it highlighted in Explorer. Just open a file
    that is on a different drive and you will then be able to stop the other
    one.

    USBDeview is a handy tool for seeing all the usb stuff you have on one
    screen and seeing whether it is ok to stop and unplug/uninstall.

    S
     

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