Problem Ejecting USB Storage Device: This device is currently in use.?
When I try to remove my external hard drive safely I get an error message telling me that "This device is currently in use. Close any programs or windows that might be using the device, and then try again." I have done this. I have also tried closing every program running on the computer and it does not help.
- ?Lv 72 months agoFavorite Answer
Restart your computer and when it shuts down pull the USB HD out or shut it off.
Shutting down or restarting windows will fix many OS problems.
- keerokLv 72 months ago
Shut down. Pull out. Done.
- Spock (rhp)Lv 72 months ago
turn computer completely off and then unplug it
- 2 months ago
Do you have an anti-virus working in the background? That can prevent safe removal. The only work-around is a shutdown, or simply pulling the drive and hoping nothing is being written at that moment