How to safely remove a USB drive when "Windows can't stop your 'Generic volume' device becau...



When attempting to unmount (or safely remove) a USB drive, Windows may display an error message stating that it “Can’t Stop Your Generic Volume”. This error is caused by a program or process still accessing or using the USB drive, preventing Windows from safely unmounting it. The following steps can be taken to safely remove the USB drive:

1. Open the Task Manager. To do this, press CTRL+ALT+DELETE and select Task Manager from the menu.

2. Click the Processes tab.

3. Click the Image Name header to sort the list of processes alphabetically.

4. Look for any processes that are using the USB drive (e.g. “explorer.exe”).

5. Select any processes that are using the USB drive and click End Process.

6. Once all processes that are using the USB drive have been terminated, try to unmount (or safely remove) the USB drive again.

If this does not work, the USB drive may be corrupt or damaged. In this case, the best option is to use a third-party utility such as USB Disk Ejector to force the USB drive to be unmounted. USB Disk Ejector can be downloaded free of charge from the official website, and it is very easy to use.

To use USB Disk Ejector, simply execute the program and select the USB drive you wish to unmount. Then, click the Eject button. The USB drive will be unmounted and you can safely remove it from your computer.

In conclusion, if Windows displays an error message stating that it “cant stop your generic volume” when attempting to unmount (or safely remove) a USB drive, it is likely due to a program or process that is still using the USB drive. To fix this issue, use the Task Manager to end any processes that are using the USB drive, then try to unmount the USB drive again. If this does not work, use a third-party utility such as USB Disk Ejector to force the USB drive to be unmounted.

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