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    How Do I Force Eject a USB Drive?

    I have no idea how to force eject a USB drive, I currently have a External HDD connected to my computer with no programs running and I still can't disconnect it.

    How do I force it to diconnect?

    I am running Windows 8.

    Thanks.



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    ok bottom right of the screen, battery, wifi, speaker icon territory to the left of that there should be a Arrow pointing upwards, click that that'll bring up what I like to refer to as lollies, they're so colourful, then hover over all of them until you find the USB one. can't remember what it's called. give me a few minutes and I'll attach a USB drive.

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    has a icon that looks like a USB plug with a green circle and a ✓ in it, when you hover over it says "safely remove hardware and eject media" click that, then Eject the device you want. If not play around in that window, right click I think does a few other things.

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    Yeah I did that but the computer tells me that there are programs still running, I know there is a way to force an eject but I can't work out how.

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    is it still processing?

    Yank and Pray option?

    re-start will force windows to stop all processing and then it will release it. that's the safest way. If the computer's not needed I'd walk away for an hour first and see if the processing finishes on it's own.

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    I'm think you can do it from the command prompt, I'm sure I have seen my old man do it back on XP.

    Will search tomorrow, too late now.

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    hmmm would like to know that one, you can always just use a GUI one:

    USB Disk Ejector | Quick And Easy Software

    it's free and will eject pretty much any disk, but don't think it's been updated to windows 8 yet, maybe worth a try.

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    did you ever find a way to do it?


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