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Problem Ejecting item

The device cannot be stopped because of an...

 
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Windows refuses to release the device, typically when you wish to remove it using the 'safely remove' function. This can occur when attempting to 'safely remove' a corrupted device, perhaps from a prior removal while the drive was being written to.

 
 
   
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  Problem Ejecting item  

 
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  The device item cannot be stopped because of an unknown error. Since this device is still being used, do not remove it. 

 
Typical location
  C:\WINDOWS\system32\

 
Issued By
  rundll32.exe

 
OS
  Windows XP

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If you remove a storage device while in use, this error can occur. For example, removing a USB storage stick or a SATA drive while it is being written to can bring up this error. With luck, rebooting should clear the problem, although the storage device may be corrupt. It's wise to run the Check disk program on the drive before trusting the data. To do this:

  1. Open Explorer or My Computer (Press Windows+E).
  2. In the right pane, right-click on the drive you want to validate and select Properties.
  3. Select the Tools tab.
  4. Under Error-checking, click on "Check Now".
  5. In the next dialog, make sure the option "Automatically fix file system errors" is checked. If you want a more complete validation and repair check the option "Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors" (although this takes considerably longer to complete).
  6. Click on Start.
 
   
 
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Posted: 19-Jan-2011
 
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Format the Media
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Format the media. This action will permanently erase any existing data on the media, so only do this if you are sure there is no existing data that you want to keep or you have concluded the drive is not recoverable with other solutions:

  1. Open Explorer (Windows Key + E).
  2. Select the drive to format and right-click, and select Format.
  3. Confirm you are formatting the correct drive, as you don't want to incorrectly select the wrong drive and erase critical information.

    Pick any options options and/or set the volume label.
  4. When the options are set as desired, click OK.
  5. At the warning confirmation dialog, click OK.
 
   
 
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