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The error you describe is usually the result of an application, file, open document which is in use (running from the USB flash drive) when you try to remove it by clicking on the Safely Remove Hardware icon in the notification area. The error can also be caused if your anti-virus is actively monitoring/scanning the USB drive. Normally, when removing a fash drive from a USB port
, Windows should stop all the read-write operations on the drive so that it can be safely removed. If not, the flash drive can be damaged or data may be lost/corrupted. However, if Windows determines a file is in use, then it may provide a message which indicates the volume cannot be stopped right now.
Third party utilities that allow you to quickly remove USB devices in Windows 2000/XP/Vista.
Most USB Disks are Optimized for quick removal. If enabled, this setting disables write caching on the disk and in Windows so the device can be safely disconnected without using "Eject" or the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon in the notification area. The alternative setting is to Optimize for Performance which enables write caching in Windows to improve disk performance but requires use of the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon. To check your policy settings, see Do you really need to eject the USB Hardware?