Error message when trying to eject external hard drive

I'm trying to eject an external hard drive (I've tried all of the prompts multiple times) and continue to get the error message, "The volume can’t be ejected because it’s currently in use.".  Has anybody run into this?

Well... I did it the "wrong" way and turned off the hard drive before ejecting it.  Of course my Mac "yelled" at me.  When I tested to make sure the HD was working properly it seemed to and then ejected easily.  Who knows???

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