How to Eject USB Drive Quickly & Painlessly

Posted by Britt Duncan - August 20, 2014

Some users experience file missing when removing devices from the computer without clicking on the Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media button first. Some PC users, however, have trouble ejecting their USB drive from the computer as no matter how many times they try, they receive the message indicating the drive is in use. What can you do to safely remove your device from the PC? There are some useful tips here.




Step one: Hit Win + Q at the same time to pop up search box, put in device manager and select it from the responding search results.



Step two: After the device manager dialogue opens up, locate and expend Disk devices column. Next, select your drive and right click on it. From the drop-down menu, choose Properties.



Step three: At the popping up dialogue box, navigate to Policies tab, select Quick Removal option and then click OK.




Afterwards, go eject your device. If you succeed, that will be great! If not, proceed steps below.


Hit Win + R keys together to bring up Run box, put in rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll and tap Enter on the keyboard.


Subsequently, the Safely Remove Hardware dialogue box will show up accordingly. Highlight it and click Stop on the bottom right of window to terminate it.



Note: These tips can be handy when you have trouble ejecting devices from the computer. But, make sure you have closed all files, programs and folder on the device before removing it. Otherwise, once you unplug your USB drive forcibly, file corruption or program failure may occur.

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TESTED:  19 Jul