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I cannot eject it from my computer, it keeps saying there is a program open that's using it. I have shut down everything and it still says this...help

It works fine but when I'm done adding pictures, it won't let me "eject" it as it states there are other programs using it. I have shut down all programs and short of shutting off the computer, I can't get it to eject.

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