Question about Western Digital 500GB My Book World Edition 500 GB Hard Drive
On a USB hard drive when trying to "safely remove hardware"
Can anyone give a true way to determine why this happens... I have gone thru many answers including checking which processes may have a lock on the drive. None seem to have it... Not explorer, not recycle bin (config), not indexing, etc....
It seems to happen more when you have a NTFS hard drive than when you have a FAT32 hard drive.
Please only respond if you know what it is... No guesses
Right click on Recycle Bin then select Properties.
At the Global tab, select "Configure drives independently".
In each Drive tab check "Do not moves files to Recycle Bin...".
For Each Drive, find "Recycle" directory with Windows Explorer, then right click properties , uncheck read only, apply, click ok,click ok for subdirectories.
Right click the "recycle " directory and Delete.
Posted on Jun 26, 2008
Follow the steps given below:
Follow the steps given below:
Posted on Dec 20, 2010
Download process Explorer and search for the handle of your drive (e.g. F: ) and close all the handles.
Now try removing your drive.
Posted on May 18, 2010
My Solution re: The device Generic volume cannot be stopped right now. Try stopping the device again later.....
Try Downloading Unlocker from http://www.softpedia.com/progDownload/Unlocker-Download-68439.html or any other source...in my case AVG was the culprit which was accessing the WD passport and i killed the process which freed it for stopping (to use unlocker, install then right click properties of any file/disk/usb etc select unlocker and kill the process/unlock
Posted on Nov 26, 2010
OK, here's what works for me (100% of the time - I waited for a while before posting to get enough tries in) - a very simple solution, actually: Whenever I try to remove the external HDD (I'm on a Toshiba laptop, by the way) and I get the "generic volume blah blah" message, I open the disk (in My Computer open "Local Disk (F:)", in my case), right click on the empty space and hit Refresh one time. Then I close the folder, retry the Safe Removal thingy and now it works, like I said, 100% of the time.
Posted on Jan 22, 2012
This is the solution to your problem.
Posted on Jan 06, 2010
The reason may be you tried to open certain file (like video) in the device. After you close it, that application is actually still accessing the file.
Try to delete the contents in Local Settings\Temp folder:
C:\Documents and Settings\(user)\Local Settings\Temp
Then try to stop your device again.
Posted on Oct 17, 2010
For Windows XP, SP-3
Turn Off AutoPlay for all Hard Drives using…
Start>Run>gpedit.msc>Local Computer Policy>Administrative Templates>System>Turn off AutoPlay>
…If the System policy is not shown, install it within the Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc).
This one worked for me.
Optimize USB drives for quick removal using…
Start>Settings>Control Panel>System>Device Manager>Disk Drives>Your Dive Name>Policies>(x) Optimize for quick removal.
…If everything else is right this may slow you down.
Allow Indexing Service to index all Hard Drives (or turn off some).
Turn Off Indexing Service using…
Start>Search>Change Preferences>With Indexing Service (for faster local searches)>
…Turn indexing service on when needed.
Posted on Jul 04, 2010
What works for me for stopping an SD micro-card in Drive: E of an Win XP system is to go to Administrative tools then Computer Management then Disk Management, then Properties of Drive: E, then click the Hardware tab where I pick the micro SD card and in its properties, choose the SCSI tab, in which I disable both options (tagged queuing and synchronous transfers) or I enable both. Immediately after rebooting, I can then safely stop and remove the SD card. Unfortunately, this works only once and has to be done all over again after reinserting the SD card in its slot.
Another way is, while in Administrative Tools, to go to Storage and uninstall the SD card and then remove it from its slot. Next time you need it it reinstalls itself automatically.
Finally, you can look for the SD card among USB devices in Device Manager and remove it there. In fact this is the only way I know of safely stopping and removing USB storage devices in PCs running with Win 98.
Posted on Jun 21, 2010
Ok easy. SPINDOWN. thats it unlike a flash chip there are disks spinning in there up to 10000rpm they wont stop immediately, unfortunately Microsoft does not have this insight when they were writing this program, and u can download a "spindown" program off the Wester Digital website if u like , but it is only a hassle nothing wrong at all.
NTFS is not the origional format of WD as it does not work on MAC's or anything non-Microsoft.
and it uses a delayed write setup in XP and vista, so windows builds up a bit of a traffic jam sometimes and u will see a "delayed write error" message if u pull the drive out. i suggest FAT32 as it is far more stable and convinent.
and as for the anti virus it would not like the "sync" program on the Harddrive and simply deleted it. but again on the Wester Digital website u can download support software for your driver.
Posted on Jan 31, 2008
Try manual methods. No software needed
Posted on Jan 14, 2016
If your pc says a program is still running is because a program is
still running. I had the same throuble with my SanDisk USB disks
becuse the U3 System ( Which installs automatically when you
connect the USB disk) doesn't stop and the famous "the device Generic volume cannot be stopped right now. Try stopping the device again later"
appears. Solution? Simple: U3 System has an uninstall option. Uninstall
it and the problem is gone. You can reinstall the U3 Sys at the web
again if you want. I hope with other disks brands this trick works.
Posted on Feb 25, 2012
Hey thanks man it was very helpful to bro great job keep it up :D
Posted on Jan 19, 2012
Pen drives have similar problems i.e hardware or virus problems. Some common problems and their uncommon solutions about pen drives are listed.
Posted on Mar 02, 2010
What I do is just shut my computer down, which shuts the external hard drive off as well. Then I disconnect the power cord first, then the usb if I'm not using it and turn the computer back on to resume with what I normally do. When I need my external again I just plug the power and usb back in. All files still there. Using My Book 500GB
Posted on Sep 15, 2008
I too have experienced this problem but recently I've noticed a few exceptions. This may be the solution.
Windows apps have a memory, like when you download from the internet into a specific location and then, next time you download, windows wants to put the stuff into the previous location.
Outlook does the same if you upload or download attachments.
We tend to use removable devices and docking stations in such a way that some windows app or another is remembering that we saved a file to it or copied a file from it.
It is very easy to leave an open 'link' when you want to remove a device and this is probably preventing the device from stopping.
If I access a memory stick or my docking station (2 x 555 Gb Drives), I try to remember to 'point' Explorer or Outlook (or whatever) to my fixed 'C' drive. This breaks the link to the removable device and, generally, allows the device to be removed.
No guarantees but worth a try.
Posted on Jul 02, 2010
I had/have a 1GB Samsung flash drive and seems that either past enablement of system restore and/or my having configured the recycle bin's properties for 'quick removal' (one, the other or both seem to result in the hidden 'system volume info' folder's creation on the drive). If the drive, having been then, NTSC added to the issue of 'a program was accessing the drive' (even though no windows were open and sys restore was turned off) so I'm not sure what alone and/or if it all tied together or not), but oddly to my surprize, then when I went to format the nuisance flash drive (it was also balking at being listed in Windows directory), again, oddly Windows only afforded FAT/FAT32 (so I chose FAT). Then thinking the setting for quick removal likely had been corrupted, I unticked that setting, plus I opened it's autoplay properties and deselected 'prompt each time..', selected 'select an action..', selected 'take no action..' for all file types, then re-set all recycle bin properties for 'optomize for performance'. Thereafter, no issues removing the flash drive. Oddly though, as soon as I plug it in (on my XPH SP3 machine), it opens it's directory. So I think I'll install that nice fix (autorun-eater from oldmacdonald.wordpress.com) for the age old Windows bug (MS still refuses to fix), ie; autoplay is allowed to opens flash drives upon their being simply plugged in, ie; allowing virus/malware/trojans to install and thereafter run their disguised autorun.inf's, ref. MBR nasties like 'bar 311').
Posted on Apr 27, 2010
When you delete a file from your usb hard disk to windows recycle bin a link process is created to windows recycle bin so disabling moving of files to recycle bin will help
Posted on Feb 26, 2008
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