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Solved: Safely Remove Hardware: Windows XP Changed the Way it was Working

Q: Solved: Safely Remove Hardware: Windows XP Changed the Way it was Working

Tuesday 1-September (hello Football Season)
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My Safely Remove Hardware Icon (in System Tray - Notification Area of Taskbar) has changed the way it was working.

For 5 years, when I clicked on the Safety Remove Hardware (SRH) Icon, I got a small skinny pop-up window immediately over the icon listing my USB devices by Drive Letter. I would click which device/drive letter I wanted to remove and it would unmount ! Simple & Quick (no Fuss - No Muss). See #1 jpeg.

Recently, clicking the Safely Remove Hardware icon has not produced the normal function shown in jpeg #1. Instead - the larger Safely Remove Hardware Dialog Box opens up - requiring a series of mouse clicks to select and unmount the USB device I want stopped. See jpeg(s) 2 & 3

How do I regain the way the Safely Remove Hardware icon worked as shown in jpeg #1 ?

Thanks for any help !

BVR
Joe B!

1 jpeg: Normal SRH Function I lost (want to regain)

2 & 3 jpegs: The way SRH's working now (want to revert to #1 jpeg functionality)

A: Solved: Safely Remove Hardware: Windows XP Changed the Way it was Working

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hi all-

i have somewhat of an annoying problem that i was hoping the experts out there can help me with. i have a sandisk cruzer mini usb device (512mb) that i have been using for about a year without difficulty, and unfortunately my computer no longer brings it up as a drive (along with my hard disk) when it is plugged in, even though it plugs and plays fine on another computer and on the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon in the lower right hand corner it is said to be working properly. i think this is probably some software issue as my computer is also not able to recognize a second usb drive.

i am running windows xp2 and had recently reinstalled secondary to other problems....but this was an unexpected gift, if you will

many thanks in advance for your help!

cheers
k
 

A:Solved: computer not recognizing USB drives, even though Safely Remove Hardware is working

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Hi

Lately I have noticed that my Safely Remove Hardware has gone missing. I have tried a couple of solutions I found on the web but neither worked. Those suggested solutions were:

1. Going to Taskbar and Start Menu Properties and changing the Remove Hardware Icon to always "show" in the task bar. Despite this the icon still does not show on my taskbar.

2. Running the following command in the start menu: rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll. This would bring up the Safely Remove Hardware window, but none of the USB devices I have plugged in even show in that window despite the fact they are plugged in and I have full access to them on my PC.

3. Another way I tried was right clicking the USB device in My Computer then selecting the eject button, but I never get any indication that it is safe to remove the device.

So I hope you can help me figure out how to safely remove these devices from my PC. Thanks for your time.
My PC specs are as follows:

OS: Vista Home Premium 32-bit
Model: Dell Dimension DM061
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 2.80GHz 2.79GHz
RAM: 4.00 GB

USB Devices that cannot be safely removed are (and yes I used to be able to safely remove these devices):

1. 4.00 GB Sony Flash Drive
2. 2.00 TB Western Digital My Book Essential External Hard Drive
 

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I'm completely new to Windows 7, having just purchased a netbook that came loaded with it. Tonight I inserted a USB modem for the first time to set up wireless internet connection, which installed itself and gave me the internet.

When I went to remove the modem I looked for the Safely Remove Hardware icon on the system tray like I always did in Windows XP. It's not there. I went to Devices and Printers hoping to right click and eject from there. The USB modem didn't show up there. I tried customising the icons for the system tray but could not find anything to do with Safely Remove Hardware.

I had no option but to turn off the netbook and then remove the USB modem.

1) Will turning off the netbook stop any possible corruption of the USB modem?

2) Is there anyone here who has had this issue and resolved it?

Thanks in advance.
 

A:Solved: No Safely Remove Hardware icon in Windows 7

1) Not really any problem anyhow with a wireless adater (which I assume is what you mean by modem since they are sometimes called that). It's storage devices that are of concern, as there may be writes pending.

2) Not me. But, since you are new to the mysteries of 7, let's see if you really have a problem.

The "Safely Remove" icon will appear only when there is a USB device present. By default it will not be in the main Notification Area; it will be in the "overflow" area that you access by clicking the tiny up-arrow (left-most icon in Notification Area).

If you customize (see attachment) the "Safely Remove" can be forced into the Notification Area by changing the Behavior to 'Show icon and notifications.'
 

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My icons are in the bottom right hand box and when I click on them don't give me the option to safeley remove hardware,when I click on it I get no reponse
 

A:Safely remove hardware not working

Is this part of your ongoing problems mentioned in your other threads??????
 

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The Safely Remove Hardware function isn?t working on my machine, It was previously working & now doesn?t respond to any clicks or commands even though the icon is still visible in the taskbar.Has anybody else had this problem or has anbody else found a solution to this rather annoying glitch ????

Ps I?m a newbie here & have tried to locate any similar mentions of this problem in these forums but as of yet have located nothing that appears to help me to overcome this problem.
thanks for any help in advance.....

A:Safely Remove Hardware function not working

Hi.
Can you eject the devices in devices and printers?

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Hi, I have a component of my printer which I need for it to operate. My problem is that there is an icon in my system tray that wants to "Safely remove hardware" from my machine. How can I get rid of the message so it will stop appearing in the sys tray please?

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A:Solved: Safely remove hardware

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Hope I'm in the right forum;

Recently I had to replace a motherboard and processor in my computer. As a result, I reformatted both my 120G and my 80G HDD's. I reinstalled Windows and updated XP as well as all other drivers.

I use a flash drive quite frequently between both my computers. When I click on the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon, it lists not only the flash drive but also my Maxtor 6Y120MO -Drive (C

Is there any way to stop this from happening. Both my HDD's are SATA

This is not a major problem that requires immediate attention.

However, any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
Rob

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.1
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3000+, x86 Family 15 Model 79 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 2047 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 6200 TurboCache(TM), 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 114431 MB, Free - 104791 MB; D: Total - 76316 MB, Free - 75531 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC., M2V, Rev 1.xx, MB-1234567890
Antivirus: avast! Antivirus, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled
 

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Hi
Is it possible to put a shortcut (with a decent sized icon) to <Safely remove hardware> on the desktop?
My eyesight is not what it once was and I have difficulty in finding the correct icon in the right hand corner, besides which it is not always in the same place and while I am looking for it the toolbar closes up again.
If it is possible how dous one do it?
Best wishes
phil
 

A:Solved: Safely remove hardware

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hello guys &gals

i have a emachines 3052/ amd , sempron 3000+, 120 gb hdd , dvd+/rw , with a digital media manager( memory card reader) with windows xp pro, it did have windows xp home, the xp pro is a upgrade to wich a full install was done by the upgrade disk

every thing works great , no errors , no bsod , loads perfectly, all windows updates are installed , all drivers from microsft & touchstone & emachine site have been installed in safemode

okay , the problem is with the safely remove hardware, it is present in the task bar by the clock at all times , i can run the function and it deals with the memory card reader, so i work the function then select ( okay) the icon then dissapears , i am still able to use the memory card reader even though i have choosen to uninstall it ???

okay now, as soon as i reboot the icon returns , i have unhooked the reader while performing the steps for safely removing the hardware then restarted the pc and the icon dose not appear, so uninstalled the software ,searched for the software related to he memory card reader, then reinstalled the hardware & software /software & hardware , but the icon reappears each time

how can i fix this problem or is the (safely remove hardware) function icon suppose to be there all the time with this desktop

i have researched as much as possible but have not found a solution

A:[SOLVED] safely remove hardware ???

The icon will be there as long as your device is present. However, you can hide it. Right click under the clock and select Customize Notifications....You can then set it to Hide when inactive.

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After safely removing hardware ..
There’s suppose to be a confirmation popup advising that it’s safe to remove… (or not)
Mine’s missing ... can I get it back ?
 

A:Solved: Safely Remove Hardware

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I'm reposting this thread because I didn't receive a single response to it when I originally posted it. I think my mistake was in saying "This is not a major problem that requires immediate attention."

This has now become an issue. When removing a flash drive from this computer, if I happen to click on the wrong drive, I get a blue screen and the system shuts down.

Safely Remove Hardware
Hope I'm in the right forum;

Recently I had to replace a motherboard and processor in my computer. As a result, I reformatted both my 120G and my 80G HDD's. I reinstalled Windows and updated XP as well as all other drivers.

I use a flash drive quite frequently between both my computers. When I click on the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon, it lists not only the flash drive but also my Maxtor 6Y120MO -Drive (C) This is my root drive

Is there any way to stop this from happening. Both my HDD's are SATA

This is not a major problem that requires immediate attention.

However, any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
Rob

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.1
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3000+, x86 Family 15 Model 79 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 2047 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 6200 TurboCache(TM), 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 114431 MB, Free - 104791 MB; D: Total - 76316 MB, Free - 75531 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC., M2V, Rev 1.... Read more

A:Solved: Safely Remove Hardware

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I have Win XP, Firefox, & Thunderbird. Along with the other icons on the bottom of the screen, there's one that says "Safely Remove Hardware". What's that supposed to be telling me, and why?
 

A:Solved: Safely Remove Hardware

I am assuming you are referring to the items in the system tray (the icons located in the bottom right hand corner of the screen).

It is typically there for hardware that has been plugged in through the usb ports, such as flash drives. It is a way of "safely" ejecting the hardware, so it can be physically removed.
 

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I uninstalled and reinstalled the hardware multiple times trying to rolve this issue and it doesn't change.
 

A:Solved: Safely Remove Hardware icon

Hi Lisa,

Let me guess, you're using some flavor of WinXP...

This answer will be long and somewhat technical, though I'll try to keep the propeller-head stuff to a minimum. There is a reason why you're seeing that "Removeable Hardware" icon; after reading this reply, you'll know why you're probably stuck with it.

When new technology is introduced, it is often easier to design the drivers to work with it by "fooling" the operating system into seeing the new type of device as similar to something the OS is already capable of working with, rather than designing what would be rather large patches for the OS with all the details of how to work with the new foreign technology.

If that seems confusing, think of it this way; it is much easier to write a basic driver which tells the OS that the new (SATA) device works similarly to existing removeable media devices (such as a USB flash drive), than it is to write an entire new section of the OS with complete new instructions about the device. Coding a new driver is fairly straightforward; the driver only works with that particular type of device, so the instructions for the OS are relatively basic. However, if you use the other approach, you have to write code to be embedded into the OS during an update. This requires much more detailed information to be included in the patch; the patch will be large, and it will need to be downloaded each time the OS is reinstalled, or the OS won't ... Read more

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When I use a USB2 flash drive it works perfectly OK - I can write to it, read from it, edit files contained on it, etc.

However, I am having a problem when I come to remove it.

To remove it I right click the 'Safely Remove Hardware' icon in the system tray and click 'Safely Remove Hardware'

In the Safely Remove Hardware screen, the 'USB Mass Storage Device' is highlighted and I click 'Stop'

In the Stop a Hardware Device screen, the 'USB Mass Storage Device' is highlighted and I click 'OK'

The 'Safe to Remove Hardware' message appears, but I then get a RUNDLL error message:-
An exception occurred while trying to run "shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll"

When I press 'OK' I then get a Run a DLL as an App message:-
Run a DLL as an APP has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

I choose not to send an error report to Microsoft

Does anyone know what the problem is and how to solve it?

A:[SOLVED] Safely Remove Hardware Problem

See if this thread helps.

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A:Solved: C:/ listed in Safely Remove Hardware

If you have a Nforce4 Based Motherboard and your sata drives are showing up in Safely Remove Hardware, edit the registry as described below to fix it.

1. Click Start -> Run
2. type regedit and click OK
3. Navigate to

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\nvata

4. Click Edit
5. Select New > DWORD value
6. Name this DWORD: DisableRemovable
7. Double click this new DWORD and set its value to one (1).
8. Close Regedit and reboot
 

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A few weeks ago I tried to remove my HP scanner 3300c software in order to reinstall it. Since then I get an icon in my toolbar that looks like a piece of hardware with a green arrow pointing across it. When I click on it it says, "Safely Remove Hardware" with my Hewlett Packard Scanjet 3300 listed in the remove menu.

I don't know how it got here and I can't remove it. I look in my all my startup folders and in MSCONFIG I check for it, but it's no where to be found. I am running Windows XP and I would like to know how to remove this from my tool bar. Help! Gary
 

A:[SOLVED] Safely Remove Hardware sign

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Hi,
A quick one this. I noticed the 'Safely Remove Hardware' icon in my system tray earlier. When I clicked on it to see what hardware it was refering to, it listed my 2 SATA HDDs.

Is this normal, or should I be checking something?

Thanks,
Daz
 

A:Solved: Safely Remove Hardware question

It is normal if your mb / controller supports hot swapping. My tx4300 has this for the non-raid drive.
 

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A:Can't safely Remove and Hardware, Windows 7

Sounds like an OS issue, not a hardware issue. Moving to the Win7 forum.

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Sometimes the icon is missing in the system tray.

I can get it back but next boot it's missing again.

On occasion it does show but not often.

Any ideas on why this happens and how to get it to shoe all the time?
 

A:Solved: Safely Remove Hardware icon missing??

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Hey,
This is my first post I wanted to know if there is a safe way to remove magicjack after using it. I just use it once a week. When it has not started there is an option in the taskbar to remove is safely but once it is started it no longer appears there. So once I am done using it i just close it and pull it out of the usb port (Is this safe)
I was searching about this on the net came across a video on youtube, this guy had 2 icons of magicjack in my computer where as I don't have any.
I am not very good at computers, Just managed to install win7 a few weeks back, after using xp for years. So please give me a detailed answer about this.

Thanks,
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Hi and welcome here!

Yes it is totally safe since this feature was built into windows to prevent flash drives or other data drives from data corruption or becoming unusable. By default the option of caching on flash drives is turned off (in the operating system not the drive). This function checks if there's any data traffic through the drive, and if there's no traffic it virtually disconnects the device from the computer, so it won't show up in eg. explorer.
If this icon doesn't appear or disappears for you, that means that windows recognises the device not as a simple data storage, but something else that doesn't need to be double checked before removing, because it won't suffer any damage of unexpected removing.

Cheers!
sg

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It is difficult to remove multiple flash drives using the safely remove hardware dialog. I had three flash drives plugged into a USB hub, and I wanted to remove all three at once. I click on the remove hardware icon in the notification area, but it only allows me to select one drive at a time.

When I click on a drive to remove, the dialog disappears and another window opens to let me know that the drive can be removed.

I have to repeat this process for the other two drives. Worse still, the remove hardware icon changes position when the safe to remove dialog appears.

Ideally, when multiple removable devices are installed, the remove hardware dialog should remain visible after selecting a device to remove. That would allow the user to select additional devices to remove if so desired.

A:Windows 7 safely remove hardware annoyance

Hello Wayward,

If you are not using the flash drive with Readyboost or have anything currently being saved to or from the drive, then you should be fine with just removing the flash drive without using the Safely Remove Hardware option.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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A:[SOLVED] PC is not showing safely remove hardware usb icon in task bar ??

hi, right click on the start button and choose the taskbar tab, and uncheck Hide inactive.
When you get the message saying you can't remove it, do you try again later and does it work.

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I use separate flash drives plugged into a USB port to backup data on my wife's pc and my Notebook. When my data is backed up, I click the Safely remove hardward icon on the taskbar and then click Stop USB Mass Storage Device. When I get the message I can safely remove the device, then I do so.

But, lately I have noticed the sately remove hardware icon on my wife's taskbar when I am not doing a backup and there is no flash drive in the USB port. When I click it open, I can then click it to stop and I get the saftely remove hardware message and the icon disappears as before. But, when the system starts up the icon appears.

I looked at USB ports in Device Driver and it shows there as Mass storage Device and says it is working properly. I am a little reluctant to hit the disable button as I am not sure if that is the right thing to do and if that would permanently disable that usb port or just the device it thinks is in there.

I am not sure what has caused this, unless perhaps once I forgot to run the safely remove device before physically removing the storage device. I have backed up since this problem, and all works well including running the stop storage device, but the icon keeps reappearing on startup.

Anyway, this is obviously not a huge problem, but I would like to understand what is going on and sort it out as everything else is working so well on both systems and I can actually say they seem even smoother and faster this last month with SP1.

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There was an earlier thread on this by ratsmooze, and I am having the same problem. I also tried the solutions of entering the run command he/she did, plus changing the custom notification icon to "show." The latter will make the icon show until it is used once, then it disappears again. I went through diagnostics on Norton 360, which found problems with interface and sent me to device manager. I went there and checked if current software were all up to date (yes) and enabled (yes) for human interface/USB hub devices. HELP!
 

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Every now and then I get an error, "The device 'Generic volume' cannot be stopped because a program is still accessing it", after trying to safetly remove my USB device.

No matter what I do I can not get it to say Device is ok to be Safetly Remove (or what ever it is)... - I mean I close everything that I can think of; I have tried to close a few program under the "Processes" tab of the windows task manager however some of these unsure if I she End Process so when unsure I do not. Is there anyway of knowing what these programs are?

Back to the USB device isue - will shutting off computer be good enough to unplug the USB drive? As there is always a little power in the computer on shut down.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated - thanks,
David
 

A:Questions on: safely remove hardware and Windows task manager

Look in the bottom toolbar for a tiny icon that has a green arrow pointing down to the left, and a grey image of a USB flash drive just below it.
Right click on that tiny arrow-grey box set. You will get the box "Safely Remove Hardware"
Click on that choice, and wait until you get the message on your screen that it is safe to remove the USB flash device.
 

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Since recently acquiring my new(er) computer I have had a "safely remove hardware" icon in the task tray that I cannot remove or get to operate successfully.

I have attached screen capture shots of the windows that appear when I attempt to remove this "hardware" and the icon. The upshot of the problem is that whenever I've attempted to "stop" the hardware I always get a message saying, "The ****device cannot be stopped now. Try stopping the device again later. The device, which you can see in the attached screen shots, is described as "generic volume", with what appears to be some form of identification number.

If anyone can tell me what this little rascal is and/or how I can remove it and the icon from the taskbar I'd appreciate it.

P.S. - I've newly learned that this "device" with it's icon in the system tray is the hard drive (by comparing the associated ID # indicated in the "properties" window with the hard drive # in the device manager window). I certainly don't want to remove the hard drive, but does anyone know why an icon for this device would appear in the taskbar, or know how to remove the icon only?
 

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It's not hiding. It's gone. I tried right clicking on taskbar to get to properties and that's missing too. I used to have it. I think it was there last month. I also opened the open action center to make sure I wasn't on tablet mode, and I'm not. Can't seem to get there from here.

A:Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media icon Missing in Windows 10

Please include a screenshot of the taskbar.
If you are missing items, go to Start/Search and type CMD Right click the CMD results and Run As Administrator. In the Elevated Command Prompt type SFC /scannow and press enter. This will replace any missing system files.

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Hello,

I'm using Win 7 64 bit on a Vaio laptop that's less than a year old. Recently I'm having problems safely removing flash drives, portable drives and other devices. The SRH icon appears in the tray, but nothing happens when you click on it. Trying to eject from My Computer often doesn't work either, as the "eject" option is simply missing from the context menu.

I tried an idea I found on the MS forums, of creating a shortcut to the Safely Remove dialog, but that doesn't work either. (Shortcut to: C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll) -- on at least one device, it claims the portable hard drive is not a removable drive.

Something is just hosed, somewhere. Any idea what it is, and how I can go about reinstalling it? Or a workaround?

Any help appreciated!
 

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i have a 4 LUN USB 2.0 card reader built in NB.

[Symptom]There has a different behavior of safely remove hardware machine between windows 7 and windows 8.
Windows 7: After copying data to the SD card, you can ejecta single card and leave another of another type still fully functional.

Windows8: Only can eject USB device. when you ?Safely Removed? the device, you lost access to all ports in your card reader until you logged out and back in again. (behavior seems like WinXP)

How can user eject Removable Disk in Safely Remove Hardware icon like the behavior under windows 7?
Your suggestions are highly valued!
Thanks
Kelly

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Hi, here is my setup:

AMD 64 4000+
2 gb pc 3200
Fatal1ty a8n sli
2 BFG Geforce 7800 gt oc
xp pro
Maxtor sata 200 gb 8 mg cache

here is the problem I can't remove the safely remove hardware icon and it is asking me to remove my Maxtor hard drive and my system is running perfect how do I get rid of that annoying icon. lol
Thank You Kindly!
Craig
 

A:Need to Remove Safely Remove Hardware Icon from start up menu

Click Start/Run and type in msconfig and click OK.
Any weird program in the startup that may cause this?
Is it in the Start/All Programs/Startup menu-folder?
It should only be present in the Control Panel.
 

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I have a laptop with 256 SSD. And it is small for me. What I did is I bought an SDCard with 128Gig and use it as my extra drive. It works fine and fast.

What I want to do next is to make it permanent or set it as a non-removable drive not prevent myself or anyone to unmount it. How can I remove it from the list of Safely Remove Hardware?

Thank you and I hope anyone out there have an idea to work this out. I attached a picture for everyone's reference.

By the way, I'm using Toshiba Portege on Windows 7-64bit.

A:Remove SD CARD in the Safely Remove Hardware list

Not sure if there is a manual way, but there is a paid app which can do this - USB Safely Remove Help - How to hide an unnecessary device from the menu? It has a 30day free trial, so you can check it out.

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Been buggering around with this for a while now.

I have an 2 internal hdd, and an external hdd, which is pretty much always on, and it appears in the 'safely remove hardware' in the systray.

I also have a portable HDD, for bringing files to and from work, which appears there also.

I want to be able to remove the portable safely, without accidentally removing the external hdd as i keep forgetting which drive is which!

I've dinkered around with making either/or drive 'Optimized for quick removal or Optimized for performance' in the hopes that they wouldn't appear - ideally I only want the portable listed (I can always disconnect the external when the machine is off).

Anyone any ideas?
 

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Hi all,

In the safely remove hardware menu (from clicking the icon in the task bar) I have both my internal sata hard drives listed. I'll never want to remove these so is there a way to remove them from the list?

I'm guessing it might require some registry editing but I've no idea where to start!

A:Can I remove an item from safely remove hardware list?

Actually, it might be something related to your system setup.

It sounds like in your BIOS the SATA channels that are being used for your internal drives are set to allow eSATA - and thus that capability is being shown in W7.

I don't have eSATA enabled for the 3 SATA channels I use for my internal drives, and none of my internal drives shows in the safely remove hardware list.

Take a look around in your BIOS and see if you can disable eSATA for those two ports - if you can, then W7 should no longer offer them as removable items.

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Hi, Could someone please tell me how to get this little green arrow off my taskbar .Right down by the clock there is always a green arrow that is therre that says if pointed to "safely remove hardware. "safely remove usb storage devices drives(g,h,i,j,)The second line says the exact same thing but drive(K) and the 3rd line says "safely remove psc 2200(Dot4usb). Always there. I can get rid of them everyday if i want to clcik on them one at a time .A box pops up and i delte the things in the box. But who wants to do that everyday? It shouldnt be therre in the first place. can anyone help me?I will attach a screen shot.dark blue
 

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Have you checked your hidden icons? It should be under Windows explorer.

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In XP Home, I connected a USB powered Zip100 drive. Well, XP set it up and all is well but a little icon appeared in the systray that says; "Safely Remove Hardware". My esteem partner and I have been arguing about this little "tool". He says ignore it and unplug the ZIP whenever I want and if I use the "tool" XP won't let me re-connect it ever again. I say, "No, use it so it won't crash Windows and XP will set it up all over again." Anyone know of this program as I can't seem to find much on it. Thanks
 

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For some reason my safely remove hardware icon is gone from the task bar, so how do I safely remove something, is there a work around? Maybe after a restart it will show up again but what can I do at this point?
 

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I have a regular problem when trying to remove external systems - 'safely remove media'

The 'generic volume' cannot be stopped right now. Can I just yank it or will this cause problems?

All the best

Mick
 

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The default removal policy setting for external storage devices is "Quick Removal", which means you don't have to use the safely remove hardware icon.

So assuming you haven't changed that default setting, you can just disconnect it. However, always check the device's activity light is not flashing before you disconnect it.
 

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When you connect USB device to the pc it instructs to turn your device off before removing it - Safely Remove Hardware. How risky is it if you forget to turn the device off before plugging it out? Does anyone ever experience ending up damage to the device?

I sometime forget to do click that icon, just want to know if is really important to turn it off. Btw does anyone know the electronics behind this?
 

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Usb sockets, from the moment they are activated when you boot your computer, carry a constant 5 volt supply. For this reason, although not reccomended, if you plug a usb device in while the computer turned on, holding the connector loose at the front of the socket and slowly pushing it in, you will see small sparks on occasions if you look closely.

Whether or not it is particularly dangerous in terms of hardware damage to plug and unplug usb devices while the pc is on... well, I guess it depend on the device. Generally speaking, it's pretty safe, but I wouldn't like to guarentee that EVERY usb device is hot swappable.

Of course, I'm only speaking on theory from what I know and what I've seen, but personally, if I'd just spent £300 on some delicate piece of USB hardware, I'd try to avoid the power surge, however unlikely it was to damage it. If it's a gamepad or a mobile phone (cellphone) charger, I don't really care.

One thing I do know though, is that unplugging or replugging USB hardware while the computer is on running windows does sometimes crash the OS, producing a BSoD with a stop message mentioning (usually) USB related files. It doesn't seem to happen all that often though. I'm not 100% sure, but I believe it happens when a device is in use when you unplug it, and using the Safely Remove Hardware function ensures that the device is not in use so that it can be unplugged without crashing windows.

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I have this exact same thing, interesting that Windows decides to give you the option to stop the OS drive! Again, if anyone knows a solution, it would be appreciated!
 

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When you reinstalled XP did the disc include SP1?

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Any reason in particular I should be concerned about with just unpluggin?
 

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Hi. . .

Shut the system down w/flash drive in, then remove it.

regards. . .

jcgriff2

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When you've plugged in a usb device (not for the first time- but for somethign you regularly use, such as an external HD) and the 'safely remove hardware' icon shows up, do you need to do the whole process where you double click it, hit stop, and THEN remove the HD?

And if you do need to do that process everytime, how about with a memory stick (I haven't for the year I've had/used one) or a usb mouse?
 

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Hi McDev
The usb mouse does not come into the equation as it is not a mass storage device, same with a printer.
External hdd's and usb memory sticks need to be removed in the proper manner or you could risk not only losing data but also damaging the equipment.
It only takes a moment McDev because as they say Patience is a virtue.
 

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Can you explain it a little better.
 

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Hi.
I am using Win XP.

Normally there is shortcut icon for 'safely removing hardware' on my right hand side of my taskbar. (system tray)

But now it is gone. How to bring it back ?

Thank you.

A:safely remove hardware

It only shows I believe when you are using a removable hardware like an ipod and its plugged into the computer or its cradle

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1. An icon appears in my system tray from time to time, "Safely Remove Hardware". I assume that if I left-click it, I may then safely remove a USB memory-stick without having to shut-down. Is that true?

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I was just wondering how many people actually use the safely remove hardware USB option.

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I only safely remove it when the hardware I use is not mine. I just unplug the hardware if it's mine, whatever it is. I never had something that broke because I didn't safely remove it.

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I am using Toshiba Tecra M5, XP SP2, and Aston Themes(Aston Shell).
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Hello onlyforyouTry the Taskbar Repair Tool Plus!Use the fix for Show Missing Icons under Notification AreaGood luck

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go to device manager and look for any yellow! if there is then try updating drivers if not try your device in another usb port also try on another comp it may be a number of things up to and including reformat or possibly a faulty drive

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A:Safely remove hardware?

Is this a desktop or a laptop? Never seen this on a desktop but I get it all the time on my laptop. I always thought it had something to do with having files available "offline". However that assumption may be wrong. The easiest thing to do is to just shut down the computer and unplug the device.

-woof-
 

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Hi

I have a USB flash drive and I was wondering what is the safest way to remove it, either
1. Safely remove USB Mass Storage Device

or

2. Just pull the flash drive out from the USB socket.

My friend said if you keep on using the "Safely remove USB Mass Storage Device" the USB flash drive could get corrupted.

Which method shall I use???

Thanks
 

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AP2006 said:

Hi

I have a USB flash drive and I was wondering what is the safest way to remove it, either
1. Safely remove USB Mass Storage Device

or

2. Just pull the flash drive out from the USB socket.

My friend said if you keep on using the "Safely remove USB Mass Storage Device" the USB flash drive could get corrupted.

Which method shall I use???

ThanksClick to expand...

I have no idea why your friend would believe that using the "Safely remove USB Mass Storage Device" function would cause the drive to become corrupted.

All this function does is make sure that no data is still being written to the drive before it is removed. You would be much more likely to corrupt a drive by removing the drive if data is still being written to the drive.
 

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A:Safely remove hardware??

You'll be using either Win2K or XP

If you're on XP, you can hide it

Right-click the notification area, and click Properties.
Under the Notification area heading, click Customize.
Find the Safely Remove Hardware icon and click Always hide in the Behavior column next to it
Press OK and Apply to back out

If you're on 2K, it's there until you remove the device
 

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Hi there.
I've been searching a lot to try to find a solution for this problem, but no success at all.
I can't remove the hardware safely. I plug it, windows reads it, I can use it. When I want to remove it, it isn't displayed at the "Safely Remove Hardware and Reject Media".
If I go to "Open Devices and Printers" windows won't find a thing too.
It's not a major problem, but I plug and unplug my 500Gb and my 1Tb WD drives and I have a lot of things there, that I'm afraid of losing.
When I insert a flash drive (not a hard drive), I can eject it somply by going to Computer, right click and Eject, but with the Hard Drives I can't.
Please help.

A:Can't Remove Hardware Safely

Problem solved.
I ran the System File Checker (SFC) and the problem was solved.

If you have the same problem, run the SFC.
Instructions: SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

Hope this solves your problem!

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You don't want to disconnect it . . it is your SATA hard drive
 

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Isn't there a Pen Drive Plugged in .. when the 'Safely Remove hardware' appears at the tray icons
 

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Let me guess, it's a SATA drive?
 

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The "Safely remove hardware" system tray icon is normally only present when a USB attached storage device or a device bay device is connected to the system. It does not normally show internal hard drives.To hide the icon see:Remove Icons for USB Devices from Notification Area
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/s.../kellyxp03.mspx

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Did you try stopping it first?
 

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Try running number 11 (left side) here ..
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You may have the XHDD open and 'minimized' or layered under the current window. I have run into the message when I have forgotten to close the XHDD with a right click menu command or using the "X".
{redoak}
 

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A:Help! Safely remove hardware

We need to know the make and model of the camera your using. Can you still view the pictures on the camera? Have you changed anything that could have caused this?
 

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Look under Sounds in CP, that sound is probably assigned to multiple functions.
 

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A:safely remove hardware icon

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It is probably because it is an SATA hard drive and you can "safely remove" those. Sometimes if you have a partition set up on it, it will show up on the list. Its not a big deal, you can leave it.
 

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Click on Computer (start menu), then right click on the external device, choose to 'safely remove hardware'.

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Hi
I am running Win7 home premium 32bit os.
Has anyone had any problems with the safely remove hardware icon working correctly?
I have found it works intermittently.
I have also found Firefox is having issues as well, I am finding I have to click twice to get pages to load.
Not to sure if these problems are bugs or they are connected somehow.
Thanks for any help
 

A:Safely remove hardware icon

Safely remove works flawlessly for me using W7 since the RC release.

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A:Safely remove hardware problem

check into task manager and see the program process there..you can end task at there. and try to remove again.

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I've got Windows XP SP3 on a Dell PC.

I'm not sure where to post this so I hope that this is the right place.

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Has anyone got any idea what caused this and how to prevent it?

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I'm sorry if I posted this on a wrong side of the forum.

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A:Safely remove hardware icon.

Have a look at these links.

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Don't know where else to put this so here goes.
I installed a SanDisk card reader yesterday and ever since I get the
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A:safely remove hardware icon

Check This Out!. Hope it helps.

Lance.
 

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Hello there

I have a question regarding the safely remove hardware icon in the bottom right hand corner of my XP pro machine ....

Basically my brother inserted a SD media card (and another media card as well) into 2 different media card slots on my machine but when pulling these out didnt use the safely remove hardware icon.

What happens now is everytime i start windows this icon is showing in the bottom right hand corner and when i click on it ... it shows these 2 devices still there ...

I have tried to plug these devices in and safely remove them but is still doing the same thing ....

Its not doing any harm obviously but is annoying the Shiza out of me ...

Any ideas anyone ???

Thanks heaps ....
 

A:Safely remove Hardware icon

I have never used that icon to remove devices. It is to remove the device's software that installed on your PC. Once you put a new device in one of the card slots it installs software to tell the PC what it is. When you plug in the card the next time it already knows and doesn't have to install again.
 

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From time to time there is a question concerning the "Safely remove hardware" icon in the taskbar. Often this is seen with Nvidia chipsets (and others) and SATA drives. I believe this has been pointed out before, but if it bothers you right click on the taskbar choose properties and customize. Change the nofication setting to always hide. Mine was gone after doing this, but it popped up again after attaching a portable USB scanner and persisted after removing the scanner. This required changing the setting again.
 

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After years of ignoring my brother-in-law regarding using the safely remove hardware option instead of just yanking them out I decided that after speaking to another techie guy I would start to do this properly.

Is it me or is it a nightmare once you do this because every single time I follow this procedure and safely remove hardware, my pc just will not recognise the drive again.

This has happened on all three pc's I own and my laptop so I am getting to the point where I will try and find out why they don't work, fix them, and then go back to just yanking them out unless someone can convince me otherwise.

It is an absolute nightmare when a piece of kit was working and the only operation carried out is supposed to be the advised one and it doesn't work again after.

So how can I get the usb to work again and more importantly why should this happen when I do this.

I am running XP SP3.
 

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It is just you. Normally this process works great. As you probably know from all of the advice from your techie buddies, just yanking the drive can corrupt it.

You could try going to Device Manager (Start > Run > "devmgmt.msc") and deleting/uninstalling your USB controller. Restart and Windows will recognize and reinstall drivers for it.
 

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I have a Buffalo 241240 usb cd-rw drive. This drive is not recognised by windows as a cdrw drive and I need Nero (or the nero aspi, or cdraodo) to burn to disks. This apparently is normal behaviour for this drive.
Using the safely remove hardware button for this device after burning a disc with Nero causes the safely remove harware function to freeze.
If I use the safely remove hardware function without having burnt a disc in Nero then it works 100%.
I have had no trouble with this drive for a few years but recently I had to do a complete clean reinstall of windows (xpsp2). Since then I have been having this problem. (as I said before - this drive has never really been recognised by windows - but this has never really been a problem for me so I do not think it is related to this issue).
I'm using Nero 6.6.14 on a IBM Thinkpad 1200 series. The drive is a usb drive plugged into a 4 port hub.
If I just turn off the drive without using the safely remove function the cdrw icon disappears from explorer and is replaced bu an icon for a 'local drive' with a question mark over it.
Turning the drive back on does not rectify the situation.
Also, Windows cannot shut down after thsi problem. It gets through about 70% of the shutdown process and then just hangs.

To save time - here are steps I have taken to rectify the problem
Tried drive on wifes computer - no problems - safely remove works just fine for her.
Tried removing from Hub direclty into various usb ports on co... Read more

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You say it is not recognized - does it get assigned a drive letter when you plug it in?
 

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