Why can’t I “Safely Remove” my external hard drive?

Phil V July 7, 2010
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I recently purchased a Hitachi Simple Tough 320g external hard drive. I wanted it to store my music, videos, pictures, documents etc. and hoped to use it like a gigantic flash drive.

After I moved all my stuff, I tried using Windows “Safely Remove” feature, but I keep getting an error message that the drive is “in use” and to stop any programs that may be using the drive and try again. I’ve looked & looked, but I can’t seem to find anything that is “using” the drive. HELP!

Also, how come the properties for this drive show only 298 GB of space? I realize the drive needs some allocation space, but 22 GB?

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