USB flash drive cannot be safely removed when formatted in NTFS

By Newtype
Aug 26, 2011
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  1. Hi, I have two USB flash drives, one is an old Kingston Data Traveler 2.0 and my new one is a Corsair Flash Voyager. They both have the same problem.

    When they are formatted in FAT32, I can safely remove them through Windows XP's "Safely Remove Hardware" program. However, when they are formatted in NTFS, the program says that I cannot remove the USB drive because it is still being used, but if I immediately ask the program to remove it again, it will. So I can remove the drives, but it just never works the first time.

    Also, it's not true that there's something else still using the drive. I even used Process Explorer to make sure. Like I said, the problem only occurs when the drives are formatted in NTFS.

    Finally, if I right-click on the USB drive in My Computer and eject it before using the "Safely Remove Hardware" program, it will work. That is just time consuming though and I don't know if it's safe to eject the USB drive like that.

    Does anyone know a solution to this? Thanks for reading.
  2. WinXPert

    WinXPert TS Guru Posts: 445

    Are you using Windows Media Player?
  3. Newtype

    Newtype TS Rookie Topic Starter


    The problem seems to have magically fixed itself now. Weird.

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