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External Hard drive Disconnect Problem

\015 I disconnect my external hard drive using the "Safely remove hardware" tool from the toolbar and it usually says that I can't because "applications are still in use", though no applications from the hard drive are open. If I can get past this problem, after it is disconnected from the computer the hard drive is still running and the light stays on. I hope you can help with these two problems.\015

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\015\012The first problem you mention can be just about any windows service and can also be caused after you copy large file over for up to a few minutes as the defrag and index services deal with the new files.
\015\012Although this is annoying it is quite normal. If the activity light is still blinking even once every ten seconds or so one of the windows services is accessing the drive. You can usually eject the drive safely within 5-10 minutes but I recommend shutting down before you disconnect as if you disconnect during defrag I can damage the files and cause you to loose data.
\015\012As for the second issue, if it is a full sized drive(needs a power adapter and USB) One light should alway be on if the power is plugged in. This is also normal.
\015\012Hope this helps a bit,
Windows rarely wants to let my drives go either.
\015\012I assume it is the active virus inspection program scanning, or possibly google desktop indexing the drive.
\015\012So long as files are written to the disk (the copy is finished), you should be fine - I have never corrupted a disk by unplugging - if in doubt you can let it sit for an extra 30 seconds or so after a copy is finished before disconnecting.
\015\012After all, USB is hot-pluggable (can be connected / disconnected while turned on.
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