USB flash drive storage device

nadiak

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Hello,
keep getting a message my flash drive is in use when I am trying to eject is safely, but it is not in use & can't find any program open to stop me from closing it safely. HELP please keep answer in basic lingo
 

David 617

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first of all some background.
Windows prevents you from ejecting a flash drive if its in use to prevent corruption of files that you are working on. Sometimes, programs don't release the flash drive back to the system. When this happens, windows won't allow you to safely eject the drive becuse it thinks the drive is still in use.
Does safely eject even matter?
Yes and no. If you are working on a document off your flash drive you MUST safely eject while the doc is open. You will get a message that the drive is in use. If you pull out the drive while a doc from it is open, you run the risk of corrupting that document.
If you aren't interacting with the flash drive (no pics, docs, vids, programs open ect.) then you can pull out the drive without doing the windows eject.
 
When that happens Windows writes an event to the System event log which identifies the program that is blocking the request. You can view the System event log using:

Start -> right-click "Computer" and select "Manage"

In the right pane, navigate to "System Tools" -> "Event Viewer" -> "Windows Logs" -> "System"

Look for an "error" event in the middle pane.
 

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