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How to remove a USB drive when failed to eject it safely?

EjectUSB is a free, portable program that lets you remove your USB drive from your computer when failed to eject it safely. This is a common problem; many of you might have got the message “The device ‘generic volume’ cannot be stopped right now……..” when trying to eject a USB drive.

This is because some process or applications (probably rogue programs) is accessing your USB drive. Windows will not allow it to remove because of the possible data corruption.

EjectUSB is designed to be a simple utility to close all running programs or process from a specified drive or folder. So that you can remove the drive with out any fear of losing data.

Moreover, EjectUSB could flush the file cache, close Explorer windows and remove registry entries and Recent Document shortcuts of the specified drive or folder.

Alternatively you can do this as follows: Open My computer and right click on the USB drive icon.

Now click on PropertiesHardware and select your USB drive then click ‘Properties’. Under ‘Policy’ tab select ‘Optimize for quick removal’ and click OK to save settings.

This setting disables write caching on the disk and in Windows. So you can disconnect this drive without using the Safely Remove Hardware icon.


  1. Seems to be quite useful. I was really looking for such a utility. Thanks

  2. I agree Andrea, it doesn't work!


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