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I have an external disk (MyBook) that I always plug in and out of my PC. The problem now is that when I want to stop the MyBook USB device, I get a "cannot be stopped right now" error.

Is there any way, to use the Process Explorer to check what is holding my external disk, and thus preventing me from stopping it?

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Hit menu Find -> Handle or DLL... and then put in the drive letter for your external drive, for example, F:\. This should show you a list of all of the processes holding handles (links to files) on that drive.

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Not sure whether your answer is correct; when I did the above, I found that no process was holding my external hard disk –  Graviton Jan 21 '10 at 16:02
    
you could try searching "\Device" instead, but you'll get a lot of results. –  alumb Jan 22 '10 at 1:46
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It is probally better to use Unlocker instead.

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I'm not 100% sure this will work, but it'd be a good start. Try Filemon: Click Here

If that doesn't work, you may want to look at the following disk tools to see if any of these work: Click Here

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The author stated he wanted a solution in Process Explorer. –  Gnoupi Jan 20 '10 at 16:50
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