How to Fix”The device ‘Generic volume’ cannot be stopped right now “

by Venkat eswarlu on March 21, 2009

in Troubleshooting

When you try to unplug your USB drive, you may have a chance of getting “The device ‘Generic volume’ cannot be stopped right now. Try  stopping the device again later” warning. This warning can be irritating.

Why am I getting this warning or error?

You are getting this error because the programs you open from your USB drive are still running in the background or Antivirus in your computer is still monitoring your USB drive.

 How to Fix”The device ‘Generic volume’ cannot be stopped right now “

What I have to do now to avoid this warning?

1. Try to close all the programs you open from your USB drive and then try stopping your USB drive.

2. The best way to fix this warning is to use Unlocker .

Right click on USB drive in My Computer and select Unlocker, Unlokcer shows you which files or programs are still using the memory, kill those processes and unplug your USB drive.

 How to Fix”The device ‘Generic volume’ cannot be stopped right now “

3. Another fix to this is, shut down your Computer and remove your USB drive.

Have you know another way to fix this problem? Share with us in the comments.


{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

dhesifamily February 20, 2010 at 11:53 am

the unlocker icon doesnt appear when i right click


Jamal Khan May 18, 2010 at 6:00 pm

What I have done is, I have downloaded Process Explorer, run it and goto Find-> Find Handle or DLL and write your drive letter (e.g. F:) and enter. It will search all the handles opened for your drive.
You can select and close all the handles and then again try removing the drive.


Venkat May 18, 2010 at 7:49 pm

@Jamal Khan
If it worked you, you can use that method but using unlocker seems the easier option than the process you mentioned any way thanks for letting me know about this.


Jamal Khan May 19, 2010 at 9:37 am

I just wrote because process explorer is provided by Microsoft and you don’t need to kill a process, you can just close the handle.


maddie January 28, 2011 at 11:58 am

The best way to use unlocker.
Just download it from net it’s a freeware and use it.
It’s also helpful in other troubles.


Amirah January 30, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Thx a lot.I was really annoyed when the warning pops out.


Fredj A J February 12, 2011 at 5:42 am

Unlocker 1.9.0 has adware on it!, AV NOD32


Venkat February 13, 2011 at 12:27 pm

It’s false positive.


Fredj A J February 13, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Thanks, that’s good news.


M January 9, 2012 at 3:11 am

How can you be SURE if it is a false positive.


mikej August 5, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Thanks for this worked great.


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