Why does my external hard drive say the volume is in use when I try to format it?

Jessi January 23, 2012
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I’m trying to format my external hard drive to FAT32 using the command line, and every time I try, it ends up telling me “Cannot lock the drive. The volume is still in use.”

I’m going to guess and say that it’s telling me something on my computer is using the hard drive, but I’m absolutely sure that nothing is.

How can I get past this so I can format my HD?

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