Fix ‘this device is currently in use’ Error in USB Drive

Fix ‘this device is currently in use’ Error

Ejecting a USB device using Safely Remove Hardware works most of the times, but it might not in some cases. You may receive an error message like ‘This device is currently in use. Close any programs or Windows that may be using the device and then try again’.

If you have removed the device abruptly or without knowledge when the error message is shown, you may risk corrupting the device and losing data. This is because when data is transferred to USB, it isn’t all written at once. Part of it may still be in the buffer. When a drive is suddenly removed, some programs may still be using the drive and some files may be being written to the disk. Safely removing a disk by ejecting it first will make sure all write operations are complete.

About Remo Recover

If data on your USB is corrupted or deleted due to unsafe removal or any other reason, you may not able to able to open your USB. Data on it cannot be accessed. If this happens, there is no need for you to worry. Remo Recover is designed to recover lost data from USB devices. It can also be used

The software can be used to recover data from FAT16, FAT32 and NTFS partitions. The article how to recover FAT32 partition data explains the process in detail. In addition to USB’s, you can also recover data from memory cards, internal and external hard drives and other storage devices.

All major brands of USB’s like Kingston, SanDisk, Transcend, Lexar etc are supported. The tool offers support for all latest versions of both Windows and Mac operating system.

How to recover USB data?

Using Remo Recover to recover data from USB is a simple process. To start with, download and install the software on your system.

  1. Connect your USB to the system and run the application
  2. Choose Recover Drives/Partitions from the main screen
  3. Then select Partition Recovery
  4. From the list of drives, choose your USB to begin the scanning process
  5. A list of recovered files will be displayed
  6. Select the required files and save to the desired location

How to fix ‘This device is currently in use’ error

Most of us have come across this error at some point or another. To troubleshoot the error, try closing all programs and restart the computer. If it doesn’t work,

  1. Use Task Manager to end processes used by the device
  • Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete to open Task manager
  • Click on the Processes tab
  • Examine the list of processes and check if any of them belong to the device
  • If you find any that belongs to the device, end them. Now check if you can remove the USB safely.
  1. Eject USB in Device Manager
  • Go running by clicking on Windows + R
  • Type Control Panel and hit Enter
  • Click on Hardware & Sound > Disk Drives
  • All storage devices will be displayed
  • Right-click on the device and select Uninstall
  • Confirm your choice and wait for the process to finish and then remove the device.
Fix ‘this device is currently in use’ Error was last modified: April 5th, 2018 by John Harris

Customer Evangelist @remosoftware. Trying to perfect the art of writing while running a business. Fan of exceptional customer service.

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