Due to a slightly defect cable Windows sometimes gives me a warning that the device is taking too much power (pop up in notification tray). It then gets disconected. Unfortunately, I cannot safely remove it, as it claims the disk is still in use. Usually, if Windows claims this, I do not care and remove the cable. In this particular case, however, the device remains shown. In the explorer I can even open some cached folders. If I reconnect the drive on another usb port, it is detected as new device but not displayed. I can remove that one safely now, but with no effect on the falsely shown one. It is present even after log-out log-in and still cannot be removed safely. Is there a way of dealing with this apart from a restart ...and buying a new cable to avoid this to happen in the first place, of course.
This discussion has an interesting answer, but I do not see an exclamation mark in my device manager.
Found it, but seems to require a restart, something I'd like to avoid.