How do I stop windows from taking over my portable hard drive
February 17, 2009 5:40 AM Subscribe
I have a portable usb hard drive that I use for keeping all my documents / backups on. Windows seems to love using this drive for everything, for example I am installing IE7 from windows update, and it is using the drive to hold all the temporary files during the install. Because of this the drive is always in use and I can never eject it.
posted by Syntoad to computers & internet (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Using unlocker I can see that no less than three services are holding files open on this drive, and system restore is also using it (even though I disabled it for the external drive)
How can I get windows to treat this external the same way it treats a USB stick, instead of it treating it like an actual hard drive?