We all know that we should safely eject a USB drive before removing it from the computer. While safely ejecting a USB drive is fairly easy, sometimes, you might not be able to safely eject a USB device.
While trying to safely eject a USB device, you might get “This device is currently in use” error if one of the files located on the USB device is being used by a program.
If you want to safely remove a USB drive/device that you are unable to do so, you can use the Windows USB Troubleshooter by Microsoft. The troubleshooter is designed to eject USB audio, storage and print devices that do not eject using the Safely Remove Hardware dialog box.
The Windows USB Troubleshooter can not only enable you safely eject external USB drives but also helps you safely remove other USB devices such as USB audio devices and printers.
This troubleshooter can also be used when Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media doesn’t show your USB device.
In addition to Windows 10, Windows USB Troubleshooter is compatible with Windows 8 and Windows 7 as well.
Using Windows USB Troubleshooter on Windows 10
Complete the given below directions to safely eject a USB device using the official Windows USB Troubleshooter.
Step 1: Visit this page of Microsoft and click on the Download button to download Windows USB Troubleshooter.
Step 2: Run the troubleshooter. Click on the Next button.
Step 3: The troubleshooter will list connected USB audio and storage devices to your PC. Select the USB device that you want to eject safely.
Click Next button.
Step 4: In a few seconds, the troubleshooter will safely eject the selected USB device and will display the following dialog with “Fixed” message. You may click the close button now.