Disconnecting External Hard Drive

  Mclearns Bald 00:19 12 Apr 2007

When I click on the 'Safely Remove Hardware' icon on the bottom right of my screen and then select the external hard drive for stopping and removal, I sometimes get a message saying 'Device is not ready for removal, please try again later'. Sometimes I have to wait for ages until it allows me to remove it.

Why does this occur and is there anything I can do that will allow me to safely remove it any time I want?

  johndrew 10:28 12 Apr 2007

Because the device is in use by the system for some reason. Perhaps being written to or maybe being read from. It may also be used as a data cache by the system.

  I am Spartacus 10:34 12 Apr 2007

Sometimes closing Windows Explorer helps in speeding up the process.

  pj123 15:01 12 Apr 2007

I never use Safely Remove Hardware. I just switch it off. Never caused me any problems yet.

No doubt it will now, having confessed.

  wee eddie 16:46 12 Apr 2007

Just leave it until you close the PC down and then disconnect it

  Ho-Lin-Sok 21:33 14 Apr 2007

If you go to device manager click properties on the drive and then policies you then have 2 options for write caching. The default is for quick removal,the other option may suit your purpose better.

  woodchip 21:47 14 Apr 2007

Turn Restore off for the drive, You only need Restore for the Operating System Partition. on most comps C:\

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