USB Drive - Ties Up Vista - Can't Safely Remove

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by garywi, Aug 19, 2008.

  1. garywi

    garywi Guest


    My WD2500 250G USB drive does things with Vista that annoy me:

    -the drive starts spooling up/spinning even if I have not made any
    read/write requests from it
    -while it's spooling up, is slows down Vista severely, causing me to want to
    Eject it
    -while the drive is spinning, I can't safely eject, error, drive is in use
    by another program, even when I have no programs running, or files open.

    Can you help?
    garywi, Aug 19, 2008
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  2. In Windows Explorer, right click on the drive and select Properties. On the
    firsr tab, General, right at the bottom, ensure Index this drive for faster
    searching is NOT checked. If it is, each time you connect it, Windows will
    check to see which files have changed, been added, deleted etc.
    Cari \(MS-MVP\), Aug 19, 2008
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  3. garywi

    garywi Guest

    Hi, Thanks. On the general tab for this drive, there is no check box for
    indexing. I checked all the tabs, there is no box. The only button on the
    general tab is for degragmenting.

    garywi, Aug 19, 2008
  4. garywi

    Rob Guest

    Rob, Aug 19, 2008
  5. garywi

    Andrew Wong Guest

    Try going to the 'Device Manager' (right click on my computer -> properties
    -> Device manager) and underr disk drives find your Western Digital drive (WD
    2500... External USB Device).
    Open up the properties (double click or right click) and goto the 'policies'
    tab. Select the top one 'optimise for quick removal' and you should be able
    to just disconnect the drive without safe removal (as it says in the

    Hope this helps
    Andrew Wong, Aug 21, 2008
  6. garywi

    garywi Guest

    Thanks Everyone. I made the change to 'optimise for quick removal' . Can I
    really unplug the USB cable while the drive is spinning?

    Also, as a test, I still go in to try to safely remove hardware, or Eject
    the drive and Vista still says the drive is in use, when the drive is
    spinning or when not spinning. Its always in use according to vista.
    garywi, Aug 25, 2008
  7. garywi

    Wandering Guest

    Yes you can. USB drives can be hot swapped, but if Vista is reporting it in
    use, you really do need to run down what is using it before unplugging.
    Otherwise you could damage the drive, at least what is written on it. You
    could go to Device Manager, and adjust it's properties to be "quickly
    removable." But if a program is holding it open you need to stop that. I
    would bet it's Windows Media Player. It seems to want to grab everything you
    plug into the machine. Make sure it is shut down in Process Manager.
    Good luck.
    Wandering, Aug 27, 2008
  8. garywi

    garywi Guest

    Hi, I went into Services and disabled every service with Windows Media Player
    in the description. Vista will still not let me eject the drive. What else
    has my USB drive hostage?

    garywi, Aug 28, 2008
  9. garywi

    Wandering Guest

    Understand that I am only guessing based on some of my own experiences. Are
    you running any disk burning software like Nero and some others, or any
    other media player? Often they leave part of them behind for a quick start,
    Some seem to want to grab any removable device to sync. Are you using Sync
    Manager? Is there U3 Software on the drive, and does it install a second U3

    You can try shutting down one thing at a time till either Windows breaks or
    your can remove the drive. Also, remember to use the show all processes for
    all users button, or you aren't seeing the half of what is running on your

    Good luck.
    Wandering, Aug 28, 2008
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