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System Process Locking External Hdd


I have a seagate freeagent desktop 750gb external hdd connected via usb port. When i connect the device to windows, it is immediately locked by a system process that i cannot shutdown. I ran some sys-internals tools and found the culprit.

C:>handle h:

Handle v3. 2
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Sysinternals -

System pid: 4 1c8:
H:$extend$rmmetadata$txflog$txflogcontainer00000000000000000001
System pid: 4 270:
H:$extend$rmmetadata$txflog$txflog. Blf
System pid: 4 27c:
H:$extend$rmmetadata$txflog$txflogcontainer000000000000000000002
System pid: 4 288: h:$extend$rmmetadata$txf

I am aware that these files are part of transactional ntfs system which was present in vista, im unsure if win 7 has this same feature or an updated version.

I cannot delete these files since they are protected operating system files, i cannot unlock the process locking them so how am i supposed to safely eject my external drive. I have another external drive, a small wd passport which does not get locked by windows in the same manner therefore i have concluded that these system files on my external are remnants of vista (my previous os). My wd passport was never connected to a computer running vista.

Please do not tell me to format my drive because it's filled with data i cannot backup to an alternative right now. This is beyond infuriating, i have been trying to solve this issue on my own for days trying numerous methods.


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