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How to disconnect my harddrive

It says on the guide to disconnect my hard drive just Double-click the Safely Remove Hardware icon in your system tray & click the the usb mass storage device. it gives this kind of error: the device 'generic volume' cannot be stopped right now. try stopping the device again later. Please help me to disconnect my device i dont want to break it, if i just take it off without disconneting it. I have western digital compact passport 160g hard drive

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