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On my Win10 computer running Retrospect (18.5 -- upgrade coming as soon as paperwork is received)...

  • The computer has four specific partitions backed up (C:, D:, P:, Y:)
  • I plugged in an external USB drive, with multiple partitions
  • Windows will not let me eject it because it is busy
  • I traced the issue (System Event Viewer, filter for event type 225!) to Restrospect.exe refusing to let go
  • In Retrospect Volumes Database, every partition on the USB shows up.

There are two painful issues:

  1. "Forget" is grayed out. I cannot tell Retrospect to ignore specific USB partitions
  2. I don't see a way to generally ignore USB devices. This is HUGE since Retrospect grabs any USB device and won't let go! I do NOT need all USB sticks backed up.

The only workaround I see at the moment is to stop Retrospect when I need to eject a USB device. That's pretty obscure (it was NOT obvious that the culprit was Retrospect!)

Does anyone have a better solution? 

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  • 3 weeks later...
On 4/13/2024 at 11:56 PM, Lennart_T said:

Does the external USB drive have anything to do with Retrospect? (Such as being part of a disk backup set.)

Nope. That would make sense and I wouldn't be asking ;)

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