Whenever I try to use the “Safely remove hardware” option in windows to remove the hard drive installed in the modular bay of my laptop, I get the following message:
As far as I could tell, nothing was actually using the drive. I’m only using it to backup files on at the present time.
I disabled Windows indexing, thinking that a system process had the device in use, but that didn’t make a difference.
Well wadda ya know … turns out Norton Utilities “Protected Recycle Bin” had the doggone thing open.
When I turned OFF the Norton extensions on the recycle bin for drive D:, I was able to stop the device and safely eject it.