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Windows 11 has been taking some users’ USB Drives hostage

Patrick Devaney

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Windows 11 has received mixed reviews from users who have upgraded from Windows 10. There now seems to be another issue to add to the catalog of strange problems that have been afflicting the latest flagship operating system from Microsoft. Reports have been coming in that some Windows 11 devices have been preventing users from ejecting their USB devices from their machines safely. Let’s take a look at what is going on.

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Reporters at TechRadar have flagged a rather strange issue that is affecting the Windows 11 Task Manager on some devices. According to the reports, some users have been unable to safely eject USB drives from their devices, leaving them with the only option to remove them in an ‘unsafe’ manner.

Windows 11 has been taking some users’ USB Drives hostage

 The reason why it is always recommended to remove USB flash drives safely is that if you remove the drive while it is still in use there is a chance you can corrupt the data it holds. It could even ‘brick’ the USB drive and make it unusable. When you hit the Eject button, Windows ends all active processes on the drive are over before giving you the OK to remove it. At least, that is what it is supposed to do, but it has proven impossible for some Windows 11 users.

Some users have been reporting that whenever they hit Eject, it fails to terminate all active processes and simply returns a message saying, “Windows can’t stop your device because a program is still using it. Close any programs that might be using the device, and then try again later.” They report that this message comes back even if the device is definitely not in use, which means that Windows 11 isn’t properly reading the portable drive. Potentially, this could be a real problem for users if they have important information stored on their devices.

No doubt Microsoft is working to alleviate this problem but, in the meantime, if it as affecting your version of Windows 11, we recommend taking extra care when using portable USB drives on your machine.

In other Windows 11 news, it is now easier than ever to run Android apps on your Windows 11 device.

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