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Always error Message when clicking "Savely remove" icon

Q: Always error Message when clicking "Savely remove" icon

I cannot remove external USB drives using the "Safely remove" icon,

this error message appears:

Saying the device cannot be removed because of an "unknown error". This message declares an (cannot be stopped because of an) "unknown error", it does not state that there are processes accessing the drive.

I never can find processes accessing that drive.

All of my HDDs cannot be safely removed, WD MyBook, WD Elements, CnMemory, etc.

I have tried this without success: ://knowledge.seagate.com/articl...S&key=ka030000000tiGyAAI&kb=n&wwwlocale=en-us:

Step 2 does not seem to work, I have set the bin to "Do not move files to the Recycle Bin", respectively "remove files instantly", but it does not help:

Properties of the recycle bin:
Step 5: In Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000, please follow these directions:

Right-click on (My) Computer.
Select Manage.
Select Device Manager.
Open Disk Drives.
Double-click on the hard drive's model number.
Go to the Policies tab.
Check whether the drive is set to Optimize for Quick Removal.

If so, the hard drive does not need to be Safely Removed manually from the system.
Click to expand...I have left the default settings for all of my drives, "Optimize for Quick Removal" (properties of Seagete Expansion):

Does this also apply to Win 10? And is it really correct? I have learned a drive / hdd must not be removed under any circumstances without the "safely remove" option. The MFT or anything other might get corrupted.

This way there is only a slim chance that the partition will be corrupted by a removal.That does not sound very trustfully, actually I would not have a slim chance of data corruption.

And what does that mean:
Please remember that you would be very unwise to put yourself in a situation where that is a concern for you. If this drive were to experience a sudden mechanical or electronic failure or if it should fall, or if the drive's partition should become corrupted, your data could be lost and data recovery is very expensive. Remember that this is a backup drive, and a backup is defined as "a second copy of data in a second storage media".
Whether on a second external hard drive, a CD or DVD, an internal hard drive, a network hard drive, or tape, make a 2nd copy of your data today and keep it.
If not, please continue.What drive is a back up drive? My drive isn't one.

After the error message - the drive cannot be removed or something like that - occurs I try to find out which process accesses the drive with "Unlocker" but there is no process shown:
I do not use Media Player, Media Center, the indexing is shown to be finished.

So it appears there is no step left. Is there anything else I could do?

1. Download a free utility from a third-party Web site at the following address:


2. Click Find, Find Handle or DLL in the tool menu.

? Type the drive letter of the USB device in the Handle or DLL substring textbox, and press Search Button.
? Find the process and its PID in the following box.
? In system process tree view, find the process according to the Find Handle or DLL dialog box.
? Press Ctrl + H to show Handles in Lower Pane View.
? Find the File according with the drive letter , and right click it, choose Close Handle.
Click to expand...I did that (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/555665), the search obviously stopped at 100.000 lines:
And if a process were found it would be shown underneath C:, I guess, but there is not any line containing R:
What could I do to make it work?

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Preferred Solution: Always error Message when clicking "Savely remove" icon

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I cannot remove external USB drives using the "Savely remove" icon,

this error message appears:

Saying the device cannot be removed because of an unknown error.

I cannot find processes accessing that drive.

What could I do to make it work?

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Hey everyone,
        I am trying to get the REST queries to work with the sharepoint end points instead of graph end points. I first created an app with relevant permissions and have given it the admin consent. Then I am hitting the https://login.microsoftonline.com/<tenant>.onmicrosoft.com/oauth2/token?Content-Type=application/x-www-form-urlencoded end
point with https://<tenant>.sharepoint.com as resource. I am then using the access token retrieved to give the rest call to https://<tenant>.sharepoint.com/_api/v2.0/drives/b!3indYSbqZ0-hVSPnCgIZy-2xDMh7jH9AuQnEzJMc6TEfQoSJvJT-R6tT0lFBQiPr/root/delta
but it is failing with "error":{"code":"generalException","message":"General exception while processing"}}. The REST response code is 401 Unauthorized. I have filed a Microsoft support ticket but they
have asked me to post on these forms. Can someone please help me with this? I am not able to move forward because the error is pretty generic and doesn't give any additional details.
Sai Kiran Katuri.

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i just installed this DVD drive-



it came bundled with Nero 7 Essentials. I then burned a cd using iTunes. when it finished i looked at the "Audio CD" in "My Computer" and it says:


Free Space: 0kb
Total Size: 0kb

I am very confused because when i open it, the audio files are there and they play individually. But when i click the "Audio CD" it gives me an error saying-


This file does not have an program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the folder options control panel.

So i did what it says and directed it Windows Media Player. i then click the "Audio CD" icon and it opens WMP and WMP gives me an error saying:


Windows Media Player cannot find the file. If you are trying to play, burn, or sync an item that is in your library, the item might point to a file that has been moved, renamed, or deleted.

But when i locate the cd from within WMP it plays just fine. So i then try it with Nero Showtime. When i click the icon now, nero brings up a menu saying that my serial number has updates that are available for me to install. i click the install button it uninstalls the current version and begins the installing the update. it ... Read more

A:new dvd drive, made an audio cd, now get error when clicking "Audio cd" icon

If you burned it with Itunes I believe you have to associate to Itunes.
If it is a .cda you should be able to associate it to WMP.

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Hi folks! I am back and i absolutely missed you. I was without a laptop all these months and have bought a Sony vaio C series VPCCB35FN just a few days back(will fill in the specs.,sorry about that)which came loaded with Windows Seven Home Premium 64-bit
Now here's the prob. I have a wireless USB datacard.After clicking on the "Safely remove......(as above title)" and getting the message"it is safe to remove the media".Once i physically detach the USB datacard, a message appears on the screen as--->This can cause damage to the USB media or the computer!Except for this ,the laptop is flawless,touchwood!

I look forward to your helpful advice and will be grateful for that.

thank you!

A:Error message while detaching USB Datacard after "safe to remove"

If you right-click on the drive in My Computer, is there an Eject option? I have to do it this way with my HP TouchPad otherwise it complains.

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I just started getting an error message headed "Miscrosoft Genuine Advantage" stating my copy of Office is about to be marked "not authentic." How can I delete the source and cause of this message. Why am I getting this. My computer is 5 years and this has never happened till now.

A:How to Remove Error Message: "This copy of MS Office is not Genuine."??

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This is confirmed with IE11. However if set Microsoft Edge as default web browser, the issue is gone.

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Hello all,

I have a problem with my Windows XP, and the problem is like the title says, Why when I Open(double clicking) My Computer icon on desktop, it displays searching "Flashlight" icon rather than browsing or showing my folders and drives?

Do you guys know how to fix it?


A:Solved: Open(double clicking) My Computer Opens Searching "Flashlight" Icon

Just googling and found the solution. It's because a Windows service called Windows Image Acquisition (WIA), the solution is by stop and then disable this service from control panel --> administrative tools --> services.

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Windows 7 Pro and IE 11 using certain websites  (Ford's FMCDealer site)
Able to login to the main site:  FMC dealer . com  then when there on right side are hyperlink "buttons" and one is HVBOM (bill of materials) and the URL field dies not load the URL but APPENDS the existing URL so the previous page URL
is there AND the HVBOM URL is added to the URL field.
Why is IE 11 conjoining both URLS ?
If I use Chrome it works (the hyperlink URL loads only )

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Had a sudden inability to go much further than a third or forth-level download on ANY given webpage and then PC would seize-up, requiring "cont+alt+del" in order to get freed-up. Thought perhaps I picked-up a bug of some sort during a recent google search, and went immediately to Panda and Trendmicro to perform both virus as well as malware scans. While the Panda scan was loading-up, I received the following error message....

... " DoPatch....dll reports error....Error "C:\WINNT\patch.utp"....unreadable or not a patch file..."

Was able to complete both scans. Nothing found other than tracking cookies.

I then did a file serch for the above and located it. It was installed TODAY apparently, and not by me, within minutes of the problem starting.

I'm guessing someone/thing slipped this patch into my WINNT file or modified it while I was doing the google search, so I have included a HJT scan below.

Hope this all makes sense and ties-out to something. Any help would be genuinely appreciated-

__________________HIJACK SCAN BELOW__________________________
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 12:42:23 PM, on 5/11/2005
Platform: Windows 2000 SP4 (WinNT 5.00.2195)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINNT\syste... Read more

A:"DoPatch" error message - "dll reports error" causing pc to seize-up (HJT attached)

Bump for HJT expert

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Windows XP SP2

Ok, I tried some things in other threads but to no avail. But some threads are having my same problems. First this about:blank crap is always my home page even if I change it, as well as these porn links in my favorites list. I've run scans with 5 different virus/ adware scan programs but it doesn't fix it. However, it got even worse-- I can no longer open things like My Computer, My Documents or even Control Panel to try and uninstall software. When I try to open any folder my computer freezes temp. and I get the following message: "DrWatson Postmortem Debugger has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience."

PLEASE Somebody help me. I have hijack this, if that helps. AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

A:Solved: I can't open anything "Dr. wtsn error" & I can't remove "blank: about" adware.

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I can't get important windows 7 update because of this error code.  Please help me before i through it off the observation deck of the empire state building.

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Microsoft Updater says I have a critical update (KB2286198) to install but it fails and gives the message: "WindowsUpdate_80246007" "WindowsUpdate_dt000".

I've tried a couple of things that MS Support suggests but they don't work and don't seem to really apply to this particular error message. Searching for the error code 80246007 hasn't yielded anything yet that works.

Any ideas?

Gateway GT5622
x86 based PC
Processor Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual CPU E2160 @ 1.80GHz, 1800 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)
Operating System Name: Windows Vista
Operating System Platform: NT/2000/XP/Vista
Operating System Major Version: 6
Operating System Minor Version: 0
Operating System Build Number: 6002
Service Pack Description: Service Pack 2

A:Update Error Message "WindowsUpdate_80246007" "WindowsUpdate_dt000"

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When I go to insert a picture in a certain program the "picture services" window pops up. I go to choose the "icon size" for my photos and it will not remember the selection, "medium icons" for the size of my photos in the selection window. It always reverts back to "large icons". I can only see 2 pictures at a time with "large icons" instead of 8 with "medium icons". No matter which option I choose to view my pictures it always reverts back to "large icons". Does anyone know how to fix this?

A:clicking "insert picture" it always defaults back to "large icons"

"A certain program " is not much help, be more explicit.

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I have a laptop Toshiba, Satellite A45 and I can't get on the web, or load most of my programs due to an error message saying "one touch can't enumerate". When I tried to load the Maxtor One Touch CD to remove and re-install, I got the error message, "can't scipt" (error message Microsoft 1719) "Windows installer service could not be addressed". I had downloaded a spyware program and backed up first, but cannot upload the back up due the problems. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I am on my desktop, so can receive email. Thank you,

Don Winn, Switzerland, FL

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I am getting this error message: "WindowsUpdate_8024400E" "WindowsUpdate_dt000" can any one help me with this? Thanks

A: "WindowsUpdate_8024400E" "WindowsUpdate_dt000" error message

twmom, Windows Update error 8024400E indicates that you're running into temporary connection errors in trying to check for updates. Please refer to this Microsoft KB article, which contains a lengthy list of troubleshooting steps.-Alex

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"A problem caused [name of program] to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available." But no solution shows. I have been using the same HP Pavilion tx1000 for a year and a half with no software or compatibility issues. I run Vista Home Premium, Service Pack 1 - 32 bit. Slowly this message began to appear with every microsoft program I opened and then started to spread to non microsoft programs. I tried reinstalling the programs, doing a system restore to the oldest restore point I could, I also tried uninstalling any window updates that were installed right before my problems. I have read some strings that indicate it may be a compatibility issue between the service pack 1 and vista but the service pack came with the computer and it has been working fine until recently. I am at loss what to try next. Has anyone using Vista Home Home Premium experience anything like this!!!

A:Windows Error Message "{Name of Program} has stopped working" "A Problem caused ...

hi and welcome the first thing to do is run your anti virus and malware progs this will check for issues there and hopefully rule it out the next thing to try is sfc/scnw http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/66978-system-files-sfc-command.html its a how to and also try this http://searchenterprisedesktop.techtarget.com/generic/0,295582,sid192_gci1276029,00.html this will check for other problems in both your files and your hard drive

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I've seen this posted elsewhere but the proposed solutions don't apply to, or are simply 'solutions' we can't apply in this environment.
We occasionaly see one or both of the following on desktops and laptops alike

"Could not reconnect all network drives" balloon message and an icon in the system tray
No balloon message but the icon exists in the system tray
Understandably this happens off the network (although we want to suppress that), however, this happens while on the network.  In every case that we've seen this, when we check 'Computer' (formerly 'My Computer'), all of the network drives are connected. 
Windows reports a 'false positive' - so to speak.
Briefly here's our setup

Win 7 Enterprise in a domain environemnt Built-in Win 7 firewall has been disabled; No third-party software firewall solutions present
Network drives are mapped via net use /persistent:yes, Explorer with reconnect & logon set & via exporting/importing the network drive information from HKCU\Network

We use a login script, however, the login script does not handle the mapping of
all of our network drives.  This is because we have a number of different departments, who, over the years, used overlapping drive letters and there are some situations where users also overlap
departments that use overlapping drive letters.  (This goes back before my time.)  So instead, users map their own drives, remember the credentials and reconnect ... Read more

A:[SOLVED] Disable "Could not reconnect all network drives" Message/Icon in Domain Environment

From Microsoft after submitting the Design Change Request (DCR) and Business Impact Statement

I was in Redmond last week and this issued was discussed in detail with the development team . We did figure that this is a change in the design /code that lead to the issue you are seeing . The team weighed the effort of investigating this further ; the
effort of changing the component code that has already being isolated verses a workaround for the issue that could be provided. The team felt that this request did not meet the set ( high) bar for taking in design change request for Windows 7 . Case notes
indicate there are some workarounds that have been work on by previous engineers who worked on this case with you. If not, the Dev team and me will be glad to work on the workaround by editing the scripts. With my request the Dev team will file this design
change request for the next OS release (the one after Windows 7) . At this moment I don’t know if this request will be accepted in the next release but if will certainly be discussed and a decision will be made.
Cause and Status

There is a change in code path /design from windows XP to Windows 7 that is  leading to this behavior
A request of design change was filled . The team weighed the effort of investigating this further ; the effort of changing the component code that has already being isolated verses a workaround for the issue that could be provided. The team felt
that this request did not ... Read more

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I use third party software to update and do other system functions so I don't need the Action Center icon nex to the clock, how do I get rid of it?

A:Remove the "action center" icon from the taskbar area near the clock?

The notification area is located on the right side of the taskbar by default, and it contains program icons that provide status and notifications about things like incoming e‑mail, updates, and network connectivity. When you install a new program, you can sometimes add an icon for that program to the notification area.

You can expand the notification area to view hidden icons

New computers often come with icons already in the notification area, and some programs automatically add an icon to the notification area during installation. You can change which icons and notifications appear in the notification area, and for certain special icons (called system icons), you can choose whether they show up at all.

You can change the order of the icons in the notification area, and the order of hidden icons, by dragging them to the position you want.

To remove or hide an icon from the notification area
Click the icon in the notification area and then drag it toward the desktop.

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I have a Bluetooth dongle that I use to connect a DualShock PS3 controller to my PC (8.1 Pro). It has a special third-party driver installed to facilitate this. For this reason, it's detected by Windows as a standard "USB device" instead of a Bluetooth adapter like it normally would be, and it persistently shows the tray icon to safely remove it. I never remove it from my computer and I would really like this icon to disappear from my tray, but nothing I've been able to find on Google has applied to this sort of situation.

Does anyone have any ideas about removing this? If I need to somehow completely disable the tray icon altogether for all devices I'm fine with that; I almost always remember to safely eject devices and I'm fine going to This PC to do it.

A:Disable "Safely Remove Hardware" icon from tray

Just set it to stay hidden, no notifications.

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How do I restore the Safely Remove Hardware icon to the system tray? I've clicked into "Customize Notifications" and a folder titled Safely Remove Hardware is listed under Past Items. I've changed its "Behavior" next to the folder to Always Show, but the icon still doesn't appear in the system tray. Rebooting after making the change doesn't help. Any ideas?


A:Solved: Missing "Safely Remove Hardware" icon

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Dear All,

I have the "Action Center" flag icon always appear in the Windows 7 taskbar, even when there are "No current issues detected".

When I first installed Windows 7 it would only appear if there WERE issues detected, otherwise it would not display at all.

Now I don't know what happened, but it's just THERE constantly.

I know I can choose "Only Show Notifications" in the settings for it, but it's still actually there, only hidden.

The way it was before is that if no issues were detected it would not appear AT ALL.

Anyone know what's causing this/and more importantly how to fix this problem?

Thanks in advance!


A:How to REMOVE Action Center icon when "No Issues Detected" ???

right click on any empty space on the taskbar
select properties
In the Notification area section of the properties window, click Customize...
Change the behavior of the Action Center icon to "Only Show Notifications"

That should do the trick

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This icon suddenly isn't showing up, so I have to shut down or risk damaging something to get my external USB devices disconnected from the system.

Is there a place in XP Pro that I can enable it?

A:Lost the "safely remove" icon in the system tray


Attach the drive
Go to Start => Run and type in "devmgmt.msc" {without the quotes}
Locate the USB drive in 'Disk Drives'
Right-click => Properties => Policies tab
Check the radio button 'Optimize for performance'
OK to exit

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In my Systray there is an icon "Safely remove hardware and eject media"
which did not exist in WinXP.

I guest this is for possible removing USB sticks from USB slots.

However I should be able to remove USB sticks by just plugging them out.
Per definition WinOS and hardware should be able to handle this automatically.

So I do not need this icon in Systray.

How can I hide this icon permanently from Systray?


A:How to disable Systray icon "Safely remove hardware and eject media"?

If you right click on the arrow thing in your notification tray, you will see "customize notification icons."

From there, you should be able to set it to "hide icon and notifications"

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Does anyone know how to remove the "safely remove hardware" icon in the taskbar? I do not mean hide it. I have my icons always show in the notification area because I don't like the arrow icon either.

Any ideas? Thanks.

A:Remove "Safely Remove Hardware" Icon

there is no option in "customize notification icons" when you right-click in the notification area?.
one other thing to check is whether or not your usb device is optimized for performance or quick removal.

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For some time now, double clicking on a folder no longer opens it as usual. Instead, double clicking on a folder causes a separate Explorer Search window to open, with that folder's name under the "search in" tab. In fact, when i right click on a folder, the first and bold-faced option is "search", as opposed to "open". So to open any folder I have to right click it and hit open, which is slow and annoying. I cleaned out my registry, spyware, viruses, everything, and still this problem persists. I also checked the Mouse control panel, nothing there.

Anyone know what's going on with my computer?

A:Help! Double-clicking on folders prompts "search", not "open"


Open "My Documents", go into Tools>Folder Options and under General>Browse Folders choose Open each folder in the same window. Save that and then goto View>Explorer Bar> and click Folders.

See if its better now.

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Hello all,

After using my USB memory stick this evening, I went to the taskbar to click the "safely remove hardware" icon, only to find it was not there. I restarted the computer (my catch-all trouble shooting method) and still did not get an icon when I inserted the USB drive. I also tried plugging in my iPod and got no icon. (Note: the flash drive and iPod function perfectly fine, it's just the "safely remove hardware' icon that's missing - annoying) Did I inadvertantly change some sort of setting or something? Help...

The computer is an HP PCm7250n running XP mediacenter edition, the flash drive in question is a SanDisk cruzer micro.



A:"safely remove hardware" icon missing

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My "Safely remove hardware" icon is not present anymore in the bottom taskbar, and after a Google search, I still cannot get it back. Tried some of the recommdations but none works.

Anyone know how to restore this?


A:Solved: "Safely remove hardware" icon gone

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Windows Media Edition 2004, I somehow removed the icon for "Safely remove hardware" from my system (notificationi) tray. In searching I found another thread which permits me to run the program:

"RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll"

and supposedly places the icon back in the tray, but not so on my computer. Before I go to Microsoft and pay them to answer my question, does anyone out there know how to force the icon for "safely remove hardware" back into my system tray?

A:Restore Icon "Safely Remove Hardware"

If u have a CD then try windows repair...

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When I boot up my computer the USB "remove hardware" icon loads in the tray, even though there isn't a devise plug in the USB port. I'm usually able to get rid of the USB icon by going thru the procedure as if there was something plugged in.
I believe this started months ago when I was having problems with a MP3 player.
The USB port still works fine, as I use it for my camera and memory stick all the time.
Any ideas on how to remedy this problem?
Thanks for your help.

A:USB "Remove Hardware Icon" loads when I boot up

What happends when you click the remove hardware icon? Does it bring up any devices at all?

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It's gone. I use my camera a lot and I've gotten use to using the icon to disconnected it from my computer. But, recently the icon fails to come up when I reboot. I've tried the "always show" option on the hide inactive icons menu, nothing. How can I get it to come back up and stay up? Thanks.

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A couple of weeks ago, I installed the software for a HP DeskJet 5940 photo printer that I purchased. Afterwards, a "Safely remove hardware" icon appeared in the taskbar.

None of the startup entries for the new printer are running in the background, so I don't know how to get rid of it.

I've tried following these instructions:

1. Right-click within the notification area, and then click Properties.

2. On the Taskbar tab, click Customize.

3. Select Safely remove hardware, and in the Behavior column, click Always hide.

but when I right-click on the icon, the only thing that appears is "Safely remove hardware".

I've gone into the taskbar properties and tried to do it that way, but it wants to hide all inactive icons, which is not what I want to do.

Any suggestions?


A:"Safely Remove Hardware" Taskbar Icon

Hi Frank,

For each system tray icon that you want to see, you also have to select the "Always Show" behavior - which is what I see posted at: http://www.tech-recipes.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=414#1213

-- Tom

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I have installed via a USB socket on my computer a Belkin-branded Wireless USB adapater. This device, although removable, will not be removed regularly from the computer and so I would like the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon to not be displayed because of it, as it currently is. The option to hide the icon via the Taskbar properties is not the fix I am looking for, either.

Does anyone know of some type of a fix to do this...perhaps a registry entry?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Solved: "Safely Remove Hardware" Icon

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I always have this damn "Safely Remove Hardware" icon on my task bar. For some reason the damn XP OS wants me to disconnect my printer and cd drive? Is there a way to get rid of this?

A:"Safely Remove Hardware" icon on my task bar

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I have windows 7 ultimate and The "Safely remove hardware" icon is available but when I press on it nothing appear or happen. I try right mouse click and left mouse click but nothing happen.


A:The "Safely remove hardware" icon isn't pressable

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I just updated my laptop from the original version of Windows 10 to Version 1211 (build 10586.11) and have a strange issue with my USB ports.

The USB 3.0 port works as expected. However, I attempted to create a recovery drive on thumb drive using a USB 2.0 port. The recovery creating process stalled seeming not to recognize the thumb drive in the USB port. I tried the same thing using the USB 3.0 port and it worked as expected.

When I plug in a thumb drive into the USB 2.0 port, it is recognized in File Explorer and I can successfully write to and delete files from the drive. However, the thumb drive doesn't appear in the "Safely Remove Hardware Icon" in the system tray. When I insert or remove the thumb drive, I don't get the "USB connect/disconnect" chime either. The USB 3.0 port works exactly as it should.

I changed the drivers as suggested in the following thread:
The issue still exists.

Other than creating the recovery drive, the issue doesn't seem to cause any problems but it just doesn't seem right.

Has anyone else seen this issue and does anyone have a solution?

A:No "Safely Remove Hardware Icon" after Win 10 update

Same for me. Thanks to whoever will find a solution.

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"safely remove hardware" icon is in my tray at start up even when I don't have hardware in. It ways it's for USB Mass Storage Device for 4 drives which I think are my memory card slots. Also when I use a hardware and then safely remove it out, then put a hardware in again, my pc doesn't know it's there and the safely remove hardware doesn't pop up. In this case I have to restart up my pc again. I've been to device manager and there's an "!" on it but it says it's working properly. Please help me.

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When I plug in a USB memory stick, my camera or an external hard drive, I get no tray icon (green arrow): the first two items I can 'eject' but I don't even get that option for the hard drive. However, when I loaded software and downloaded pictures from a phone for a friend, the icon and removal option appeared.
Can anyone explain this please and suggest a cure? It's no big deal but a touch inconvenient.

A:No "Safely Remove Hardware" tray icon

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I have set up several Windows 7 computers to always show the "Safely remove hardware" icon in the system tray, when a flash drive is installed.

However, the Windows 7 Home edition I have just installed doesn't list that icon as an option when I click on customise. How can I get that option to appear so that I can change it from "only show notification"?

A:Show icon for "safely remove hardware"

When you put in a flash drive(usb stick) it will show on the bottom right side of task bar. As soon as you want to remove that item click on the little icon and it will direct or tell you that you can now safely remove it.

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How to: Remove system "Favorites" icon from Windows 7 desktop

A:Remove system "Favorites" desktop icon

I'm not really sure what this means.
How to: Remove system "Favorites" icon from Windows 7 desktop. What is a system Favorites icon? When you left click on this icon what opens?
If you have installed a icon on your desktop and no longer want it just drag and drop to recycle bin. This works most of the time. You can also right click on it and go to delete, this also works most of the time. Get back and let us know how thing are going.

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You know, the small icon that appears in your taskbar when connecting a USB device? It no longer shows up, so now I have to go to Windows Explorer and click "Eject" directly on the USB device. How can I have this icon re-appear?

It's the one that let's you select your USB device to "Safely remove device".

A:"Remove USB Device" Icon not showing up in taskbar

happened to me quite a few times on my laptop ...

if it is not just 'hidden', try this

Start, Run, paste this line and click OK:

C:\WINDOWS\system32\rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll

This will bring up the add remove wizard. When I did this, it actually put the icon back in my task bar as soon as I removed my USB drive.

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Not sure if this is a Windows or Toshiba issue. Ever since I installed a new (AT&T)wireless router and software, my taskbar icon arrangement was all messed up and the " Safely Remove Hardware (USB) icon" is missing in action!

Is there any way other than doing a system restore, to capture the bugger? Does it have an official name with which to search for it?

Where on my laptop might I look for this stray? Do I really NEED it?

If it's an important component, is there a website from which I can download a new one?

And, finally, THANK YOU for your thoughtful replies!

A:Missing the " Safely Remove Hardware (USB) icon"

This icon normally appears when you plug in a removable device that gets a Windows drive letter assigned (e.g. external USB drive, camera or portable music player that connects in MSC mode so that it gets a drive letter or two, external card reader with an SD card installed, etc.).

Its purpose is so that you can left or right click on it, and select the particular device you'd now like to pull the USB cable for. You need to first "safely remove hardware" because almost all of these removable devices make use of "write cache" for performance reasons, which retains data in PC memory buffers possibly still not yet flushed out to the device to reflect your final I/O operations. That's exactly what the "safely remove hardware" function does, namely flush out all of those buffers, possibly power down that USB port, and then disconnect the device so that you can pull the connecting cable out of the PC without the possibilty of losing any data or corrupting the file system on the device.

If you don't have any such removable devices currently plugged in, I wouldn't think you'd expect to see that "safely remove hardware" icon in the system tray.

Now if you do have an external USB drive currently plugged in and you're still not seeing that icon, well now something's definitely not right. I assume you've probably re-booted at least once in your attempt to sort this all out, but of course this goes without saying.

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Why has it dissapeared? How can I restore it, so it comes back each time I insert a USB device?


A:restore my "safely remove hardware" icon

For Windows XP ...

Right click on the Taskbar (not an icon on the taskbar) and select Properties from the pop-up menu

Select the Taskbar tab in the Start Menu Properties screen

Click the Customize... button

You should get a Custom Notifications screen

Find "Safely remove hardware" entry in the scroll list.

If its behavior is set to "Always hide", click on the current behavior setting and change it to "Hide when inactive". Accept the new setting by clicking "OK" to close the open screens.

If the behavior was all ready set to "Hide when inactive" or "Always show" when you opened the settings screen, there is some other problem that needs to be resolved.

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I have a DELL 8100 with WIN XP Pro installed. Recently the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon in the sys-tray has disappeared. How can I retrieve it and, in the meantime, can I safely disconnect USB equipt. without first shutting down?

A:"Safely Remove Hardware" icon missing

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HP EliteDesk 800 G1 PC. Running fine for over a year, very carefully maintained. SSD for OS/apps and HDD for data. Recently added another drive, an SSD, for video editing data and seem to work fine. Optimized SSD drives with Samsung Magician and guidance from Storage Editor at Overclock.net who specialized in SSDs.

Today got blue screen while the machine was idle, of the type that caused the machine to reboot on its own. I told it to start Windows normally. It went into Windows, and gave me a message saying it didn't shut down properly (it did NOT say "System recovered from a serious error).

All seems fine. I ran CHKDSK on the C: drive (Error Checking from in Windows, with the first box for "Automatically fix file system erros" left checked on, as it is by default). It found no errors. I ran "sfc /scannow" and it found no errors.

HOWEVER, on running Error Checking, when I went to initiate it by hitting Start, it showed me no response at all for about 30 seconds, before finally giving me the message saying it has to do a restart to run the check.

On multiple tests, doing a reboot before each test, this lag has persisted and yet it's also been intermittent. On about fifteen tests, it happened about ten of those times. It was happening each time non-stop until I disconnected the external USB3 card reader and the newly connected SSD, at which point, on hitting Start, the message saying it needed to restart came up instantly -- on two tests in ... Read more

A:Very long lag after clicking Error Checking > Check Now > "Start"

Hello rocketman6 after your blue screen please follow this tutorial...

Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions

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A while ago, ALL my htm and html file icons in Windows Explorer changed to white paper icons with the corners turned town.

I do not have this problem with any other icons--just htm and html.
I do not have this problem with other file managers, such as XYplorer or Shelless.

The problem is only htm and html file icons in Windows Explorer.

Any suggestions appreciated.
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

A:"Internet Explorer icon" = "white paper icon"

try the fixes suggested here: Incorrect or generic Windows icon displayed for HTM and HTML files

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