Problems dismounting USB drive

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Ken L, Nov 14, 2007.

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    Ken L Guest

    I have a Win2003 Server Standard R2 w/SP2 with a USB-based hard drive
    attached which is used for backups. This drive is swapped on a weekly basis
    with it's "twin brother" (which remains offsite for disaster recovery

    Problem that I am having is when I use the system tray tool to "Safely
    Remove Hardware". About 50 % of the time, the tool comes back and says the
    drive is in use. If I shut down all the applications on the machine (but
    not the services), it still says the drive is in use. I've checked the
    computer management Shared Folders panel and it show no open files or
    sessions. At this point, I believe it is one of the system services that
    is preventing the drive from being dismounted. I can shutdown the system
    and remove the drive while it is down, but I'd like to avoid re-booting this
    system, if I can.

    Can anyone suggest how I can track down the offending service or
    application that is holding the share?

    Thanks in advance for any help. Please post responses to the newsgroup.

    Ken L, Nov 14, 2007
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    Chris M Guest

    Antivirus software scanning the drive?

    Indexing service? Not sure if this would apply to removable drives.

    Unlikely on a server, but something like Google Desktop search might be
    indexing the contents.
    Chris M, Nov 14, 2007
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