Windows 10: External HD cannot eject PC hard drive appears to be accessing it cont

Discus and support External HD cannot eject PC hard drive appears to be accessing it cont in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; Hello I have a western Digital 2B external USB hard drive for backing up. For some reason the WD hard disk light is flashing continuously and my PC... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by TechiGeoff, Sep 30, 2018.

  1. External HD cannot eject PC hard drive appears to be accessing it cont


    Hello
    I have a western Digital 2B external USB hard drive for backing up. For some reason the WD hard disk light is flashing continuously and my PC hard disk is also flashing as though accessing the WD drive. When I try to eject the WD drive I get the message "This device is currently in use. Close any programs etc etc...….
    I have tried all the fixes that I can find on the internet (I think) but nothing works. I re boot and the same thing is happening. Can I get rid of the info in windows 10 and start all over again as though it is a new drive.
    Hope somebody can help please.
    Thank You
    Geoff Smith

    :)
     
    TechiGeoff, Sep 30, 2018
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  2. Seagate External Hard Drive

    Hi Barbara,

    Hardware failure or corruption within your system files are some of the possible reasons why you are experiencing an issue with accessing your external hard drive. For us to provide an accurate solution, we would need you to answer the following questions:

    • Which build, version and edition of Windows 10?
    • Are you experiencing the same issue when you are trying to access the external hard drive using another PC?
    • What troubleshooting steps have you done so far?

    In the meantime, we suggest running the automated troubleshooter for hardware. Follow these steps to do so:

    • Open the Control Panel.
    • Using the search box at the upper right corner of the window, type troubleshooting.
    • From the search results, click on Troubleshooting.
    • Click on Hardware and Sound and then choose Hardware and Devices.
    • Once done, restart your computer and then check if the same issue persists.

    We are looking forward to your response.
     
    Darleen Pen, Sep 30, 2018
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  3. Can't eject external hard drive

    Every time that I try and eject my Samsung external hard drive, I get a message pop up saying to close any programs using it. I also can't eject using drive tools in File Explorer. I have checked and there is nothing running. I can also eject the hard
    drive in other computers, after using it for basically exactly the same use.


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    EmilyFleet, Sep 30, 2018
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  4. Marco Gav Win User

    External HD cannot eject PC hard drive appears to be accessing it cont

    unrecognised external hard drive on Windows 10

    Since you already reinstalled the drivers of the External Hard Drive, let's run the
    Hardware and Devices troubleshooter as it can resolve your concern. You can do that by following these steps:


    • Press the Start button.

    • Type and select Troubleshooting.

    • Click on View all on the left panel.

    • Select and run the Hardware and Devices troubleshooter.



    If the Hardware and Devices troubleshooter doesn’t resolve your concern, we suggest that you change the letter of the External Hard Drive. You can do that by following these steps:


    • Press the Start button.

    • Type and select Control panel.

    • Select System and Security.

    • Select Administrative Tools, and a new window will appear.

    • Double-click Computer Management, and a new window will appear.

    • Select Disk Management that is located under
      Storage
      in the left pane.

    • Right click on the External Hard Drive that is not showing on the File Explorer.

    • Select Change letter and network path, and a new window will appear.

    • Select Change, and choose the letter that you want for the External Hard Drive.



    After changing the letter of the External Hard Drive, we suggest that you reboot your laptop for the changes to take effect.



    Let us know how it goes.



    Regards.
     
    Marco Gav, Sep 30, 2018
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