01-15-2008 02:37 PM - edited 01-15-2008 02:38 PM
01-17-2008 11:58 AM
01-26-2008 12:04 AM
02-02-2008 02:44 PM
In order to disable the recycle bin on the external hard drive do the following:
note bene: I did not need to install special software to safely remove my freeagent
06-26-2008 10:52 AM
06-27-2008 07:00 AM - edited 06-27-2008 07:22 AM
08-30-2008 08:31 AM
12-05-2010 05:37 AM
Yes, it's not only the Recycle Bin etc. that causes this problem, in my case it was Graphic Workshop of all things! However a previous post mentioned Unlocker - this does the trick! Can be currently downloaded from:
For many years I've been looking for a good way to find out what was locking a drive or other device, and would cause 'Safely Remove Hardware's utterly useless 'generic volume cannot be stopped ..." message.
Finally found one that does a good job, and is relatively straightforward to use. It is a Donationware program called Unlocker, and is available from http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker/
Give it a try. It also has the option to kill the locking process(s), so it does require a bit of savvy lest you do something bad like kill a process that actually *is* writing to the drive.
I've been using it for only a few days (coinciding, curiously enough, shortly after installing my FreeAgent drive), and one thing I've learned is, under certain circumstances (and I haven't figured out exactly why yet) that Musicmatch Jukebox Plus likes to attach itself to the drive even though I didn't play any music files from it, and even though I've closed Jukebox. I wouold suspect other programs do the same kind of thing ....
It would be nice if Seagate added similar functionality to DriveManager.