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 sysinternals tools and found the culprit.
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System pid: 4 1C8:
System pid: 4 270:
System pid: 4 27C:
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.