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u.s.b. will not eject


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#1 murrayhawk

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Posted 01 April 2017 - 09:12 AM

Hi I'm Murrayhawk

 

I'm  new  to Bleeping computer. I am having trouble with my usb stick when i try to remove it from my computer it will not let me eject it. Telling me to close any programs that are using the usb stick. i have tried the Ctrl. Alt. Del. and their is no programs using it. Please can you help!!! Murrayhawk.



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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 01 April 2017 - 11:07 AM

There may be monitoring software that is preventing the drive from ejecting. See this BC thread on using Process Monitor to track down the problem program preventing an eject.



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Posted 01 April 2017 - 05:10 PM

I'm no expert with Windows stuff, since I haven't run it for almost 3 years, but I believe it might have something to do with your drive settings:-

 

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John, if my memory serves me right, isn't there something in the settings that allows you to choose whether the USB drive is caching or not? I seem to recall it makes a difference as to what actually happens when you click the 'Safely Remove Hardware' button in the system tray.

 

Something to do with 'Optimizing for Quick Removal', or something like that, yes? Mind you, I could be barking up the wrong tree, here.....

 

 

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Posted 02 April 2017 - 08:00 AM

Mike, you can optimize the drive for quick removal. This disables write caching on the drive.. Even if there is a warning you can still pull the drive without having an issue.

 

This Seagate page explains the setting and other solutions. The OP didn't specify the OS but if it works for Windows 7 I can't see it not working for 8 or 10.

 

http://knowledge.seagate.com/ka030000000tiGyAAI?language=en-ie



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Posted 02 April 2017 - 09:40 AM

Windows has been set up for a long time to have write caching turned off for USB devices by default.

 

Provided you know that nothing is actively writing to a given USB storage device at a given moment you can yank it without ejecting it.  I have been doing this for decades now with no ill effects.  This, of course, presumes that no one has tweaked the write caching to be on.


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Posted 03 April 2017 - 07:21 AM

Mike, you can optimize the drive for quick removal. This disables write caching on the drive.. Even if there is a warning you can still pull the drive without having an issue.

 

This Seagate page explains the setting and other solutions. The OP didn't specify the OS but if it works for Windows 7 I can't see it not working for 8 or 10.

 

http://knowledge.seagate.com/ka030000000tiGyAAI?language=en-ie

 Thank you for the advice on the link that you posted on the forum. That has answered my question on the seagate page that explains the setting on step 5. It is save to remove the usb stick  without clicking on the safely remove icon. I would like to thank u all for the help!!! that u have given me/ Murrayhawk :thumbsup:






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