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Problem With Flash Drive

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#1
I was using a Transcend USB 2.0 flash drive. But whenever I click on the safely remove hardware tray icon, I get a message saying "The generic volume cannot be removed now. Try again later." But waiting for even an hour does not help.

My Configuration is
Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
Intel D946 Motherboard
1 GB RAM
40 GB HDD
Windows XP professional service pack 2
 
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maynardvdm

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#2
If an application is accessing the device while you are trying to start the "safely remove hardware" procedure, the system will show this message to avoid losing data. To enable a succesfull removal, just close all applications that are related to the drive, such as for example Explorer, Media Player which might be playing files directly from the device...etc.

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Seth

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#3
...and even that sometimes doesn't work. In such a case, shut down the computer then remove the drive.
 

AdvancedSetup

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#4
As long as you're not actively saving a file to the USB drive and you're sure that you've waited a couple minutes for any saves to flush from memory to the drive and you don't knowingly have an application open using the drive then I'd just turn it off myself. I've done that for years now and have never had any failures on the drive.

Often it could even be Antivirus checking the drive - doesn't really matter as the point is - as long as you're not writing to the device then you can safely remove it.

If you are writing to the drive and you remove it then you'll get an error message pop up that the system could not write to the device. In which case you then do need to find out what is holding the drive open for write access and stop it or shut down the computer or you will have file loss or damage.
 

AdvancedSetup

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#6
Yes he does and I did reply as well. For the very small drives it "might" be okay but for any real external USB drive that is a dedicated or semi-dedicated drive you should find that copying files to your drive are extremely slow with caching disabled.

However it's still an option or choice for those interested in using it.
 

Seth

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#7
Despite my previous safety post, I agree with AS.

Just pull it out if all else fails.