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Why does my computer say "Windows can't stop your device because it is in use." when its not in use?
By TuniePremium member Comments: 1995, member since Mon Aug 08, 2005
On Fri Jun 28, 2013 05:11 PM

"Windows can't stop your device because it is in use. Close any programs or windows that might be using the device, and then try again later." I frequently get this message when trying to eject my jump drive or SD/micro SD card. Except I've saved and closed all files I was working on and closed EVERY program. So I either end up shutting down the computer to take out the device, or just pulling it out anyway (which I know is not the best thing to do). This happens on multiple computers. Thoughts/ideas?

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re: Why does my computer say "Windows can't stop your device because it is in use." when its not in
By panicmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 11592, member since Thu Dec 16, 2004
On Fri Jun 28, 2013 06:48 PM
Could be just about anything. You might want to try turning off disk indexing (which shouldn't be on anyway), turn off disk caching (which also shouldn't be on), format the drive as FAT instead of NTFS... Or it might be something completely random. As long as you're not saving a file, I wouldn't bother shutting down the computer. Just unplug it.

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