Shutting down external drive

  NotsoNewuser 22:09 19 Mar 07

When shutting down an external drive I am getting the message "cannot stop drive now, try again later".
Does this indicate a problem and is there a way to correctly deal with this?
I have just carried on and shut down, and so far so good, but I understand that doing this could cause a problem.

  Joe R 22:17 19 Mar 07


this is a common occurence. If you just close the box and try again a few seconds later, it will give you permission to remove the hardware.

  woodchip 22:18 19 Mar 07

If you are using XP, Turn off Restore for the drive, You only need it for your Operating System Partition. Then try stopping the other in the Right click on the System Tray icon. you may have to reboot after the system restore bit.

  woodchip 22:19 19 Mar 07

Xp is writing to the Drive in Restore. That's why I said turn it off

  NotsoNewuser 22:25 19 Mar 07

Thanks. I've turned it off so I'll see what happens after I reboot.

  NotsoNewuser 23:07 19 Mar 07

Afraid it is still not shutting down, any other suggestions?

  Coff 00:42 20 Mar 07

You can sometimes get that message if explorer.exe is hanging on to some contents of the drive. If it is explorer.exe, you can use Unlocker to unlock the drive click here

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