Disconnecting an external hard drive?
I have an external 500GB Toshiba hard drive that I save files to that I don't need on my main hard drive; it's not my backup drive...just another storage device. It connects to my computer via a USB cable; the computer runs Vista.
Lately, when I have wanted to disconnect this external hard drive using the Safely Remove action, I get a message after about 5 seconds that it is in use by another program and I should quit that program and then try to safely remove it again. However, there are no other programs using it. This can happen even if I reboot and then try to immediately use the Safely Remove feature. I've tried this using Explorer, and using the Safely Remove icon in my tray, and I get the same behavior. I know that I can simply shut down the computer and disconnect, but sometimes I want to leave the computer on and just remove the hard drive. Any ideas?