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Safely Remove Hardware Icon-fix Doesn't Work

Q: Safely Remove Hardware Icon-fix Doesn't Work

I went into Customize taskbar to put "always show" Safely Remove Hardware Icon in the notification area, popped up there fine, did what I needed to do and when I removed my SD card the icon disappeared. Again went into taskbar and the icon had moved down to the past items. How do I get it to stay permanently in the notification area?

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A: Safely Remove Hardware Icon-fix Doesn't Work

When you re-insert the card, does the icon re-appear?

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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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On this new system (Master Control) I have this icon in the tray next to the clock for the Western Digital Raptor.

Is there anyway to remove the icon? The Raptor is the system drive and I have no intention of ever removing it so the icon is just plain annoying.

It's allready set to hide .. but it still bugs me..


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Hello, I'm new to Windows 10 and to this forum. I can't find the eject hardware icon anywhere. Under windows 7 it was in the system tray at bottom right. Few questions, please:

1. So where is that eject hardware icon?

2. I'm assuming that mice and keyboards can be removed at any time safely as there is no data transfer. Is that correct?



A:Where is the Safely Remove Hardware icon

Originally Posted by PeterL

Hello, I'm new to Windows 10 and to this forum. I can't find the eject hardware icon anywhere. Under windows 7 it was in the system tray at bottom right. Few questions, please:

1. So where is that eject hardware icon?

2. I'm assuming that mice and keyboards can be removed at any time safely as there is no data transfer. Is that correct?



It's in the same place on my system.

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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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My wife's computer with Win XP does not always have the safely remove hardware icon that comes up in the taskbar. I put a USB flashdrive in, and the icon came up. When I was through it was gone. I had no idea how to find it so I just unplugged the flashdrive. Is there a way I can make that Icon stay. It is not because it is a hidden icon. She doesn't use that feature. Thanks in advance for any help anyone can give.

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Hello!My Specs:Windows XP SP3AMD Athlon 64 x 2 Dual Core Processor 4800+2 GB RAMSATA2 HD 300GNVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTXPC was built by a friend of mine. All new parts. Built approx 1.5 yrs ago.The Safely Remove Hardware Icon has been on my Task Bar for a while now. When I double click on it I get this window:That's my Hard Drive!! Why is my HD showing up in Safely Remove Hardware?! So I click on Properties and I get this:Seems to be working fine.I click on the Driver Tab and click on Driver Details and get this:Everything seems to be working fine. So what's up? Why is my HD listed as being safe to remove?I was reading these threads regarding USB/Safely Remove Hardware questions:Why Do I Need To Press "Safely Remove Hardware" When Removing a USB?Safely Remove Hardware Icon-fix Doesn't WorkAnd I'm wondering if I did something bad. I do use USB Ports a lot. I use Thumb Drives and Digital Camera Plug-in. My Thumb Drives have an "Eject" option (Cruzer Thumb Drive) but I always just pulled out the plug for my Digital Camera...after I turned it off.Does this have something to do with my problem?

A:Safely Remove Hardware Icon

Your hard drive is being recognized as a removable drive.This says it's by design with SATAII drives: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/196553-3...emove-hard-diskHere's a registry edit to fix it with the nForce chipsets.I HAVE NOT TRIED THIS.As with any registry edits, be sure to backup your registry before trying it.http://www.tech-recipes.com/rx/1794/sata_d...e_notification/

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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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I just got a new pc that I'm setting up and the USB SAFELY REMOVE HARDWARE ICON keep appearing in the task bar. I want to unload it! When I boot up the pc it tells me it is not compatable with this system anyway - so WHY IS IT LOADING? I didn't choose for it to be there? THought you could hot swap anyway with XP usbs. Anyway In Win2K you could choose to not load this. Can't find in XP how to get rid of this! THANKS ALL for any replies!!!

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Check This Out!. Hope it helps.


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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

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


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Guys, the question is pretty straight forward - how do I remove the Safely Remove Hardware con from my system tray - I'm with Vista Ultimate

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

Apparently, I have a small issue with my USB port. When I connect my external hard disk to the usual USB ports I normally use. It would show the "Safely remove hardware" icon but however, there is one USB port I could connect it and use it to play my external hard disk but doesn't show the "Safely remove hardware" icon. Is there a way to fix it? Help would be appreciated.

A:Safely remove hardware icon.

Have a look at these links.

My 'safely remove device' icon has disappeared. Where do I get - Microsoft Answers

Restore Missing or Disappeared Safely Remove Hardware Icon | Raymond.CC Blog

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I HAVE A SMALL ICON NEXT TO MY CLOCK ,WHEN i RIGHT CLICK ON IT IS SAYS "SAFELY Remove Hardware" when I double ckick on it it shows a box that has 2 listings that say
1. Photosmartn8400 (DOT4USB)
2.USB Mass Storage Device

I Looked in the startup menu and could'nt find anything ,does anyone know how to get rid of thid icon? Thanks


A:Icon says safely remove hardware?

That icon is supposed to be there, it's a part of Windows. It's to stop you yanking out a USB device (e.g. flash drive) while it's still being used. If you want to unplug a USB device while the computer is running, first left-click on that icon, then select the thing you're unplugging.

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Can someone tell me how to get rid of the safely remove hardware icon on the bottom right of the toolbar



A:safely remove hardware icon

Do you just want to hide the icon or remove it,and before you answer that, first you need to know if it an active or inactive icon.

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hi there i have win xp installed with one drive on ide lead and my boot drive with xp on a sata drive. the safely remove hardware icon is always there when i boot up and wants to remove my sata drive with xp on how do i correct this help anybody

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What exactly do you mean "wants to remove my sata drive"? I have seen sata drives confused with removable drives on some motherboards and it is quite normal.

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My old Vista machine has an icon in the system try when I plug in a USB devise like my card reader, that tells you if/when it's ok to remove the reader after uploading pictures.

My 6 month old Windows 7 doesn't have that icon and I can't find it anywhere. I tried clicking on the task bar/Customize, scrolled down the list and it's not there. Ideas as how I can add it? On the Vista it says "Safely Remove Hardware".

A:No Safely Remove Hardware Icon

hi, it could be hiding did you check on the little arrow on left side of system tray to bring up the hidden icons?

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Have just reinstalled XP Pro +sp3, is it normal to have this icon in the notification area and is there a way to remove it?

Its my nephews computer so if it should be there then i will leave it.

A:Safely remove hardware icon

Normal for any USB-connected device.

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hello, i`ve tried everthing including " always show " but the icon will not appear even when i have my a430 canon camera connected. all advice is welcome. cheers-brisbane australia

A:safely remove hardware icon

Hi Terrace,

When this happens, what I've found is that you can click on Start, Run..., and just copy/paste this line in (to avoid typo):

RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll

And press OK.

That will bring up the "Safely Remove Hardware" dialog:

From this dialog you can click on the device you want to remove, and press Stop. Once Windows is done with it, you can then remove the device.

Of course a side effect I noticed when I did this was that the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon reappeared.

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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!

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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In the sys tray there is an icon to safely remove hardware (USB). I use it to disconnect my mp3 player. The player instructions are very clear to use it or you can wipe the songs off the player. The problem is that although I can use device manager or system restore to replace the icon but it disappears every time I reboot. Does anyone have any ideas what is wrong?

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Hi Great day.

I am using an asus eeepc900 with winxp sp2. I have a problem that a certain safely remove icon does not go away with or without a flash drive. is it a virus?

also i turned off system restore and did a scan. avg free saw nothing also trend housecall saw nothing.

One more thing, I cannot restart with safe mode, if i try it stops with the mud (or similarly named) file. It just restarts again and again.

Please help.


Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.3 (BETA)
Scan saved at 6:25:47 PM, on 4/11/2010
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal
Running processes:
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgchsvx.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgrsx.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgcsrvx.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgwdsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Nero\Nero 7\InCD\InCDsrv.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgnsx.exe
C:\Program Files\ThreatFire\TFTray.exe
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The "safe to remove hardware" icon is missing from the task tray. When a USB device (flash drive) is plugged in there is no way to safely unplug it. I have tried run>RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll> and sometime this will allow me to safely unplug a device, but not always. HP suggest reformatting the hd, but I prefer not to do this. Any suggestions?

A:Safely remove hardware icon missing

Find the drive in Device Manager. Look at its properties. Under Policies, you may find an option to optimize for quick removal. If that option is already checked, then you can remove the drive at any time and the Safely option is not needed (which may be why it is not there).

If you want the icon back, be sure it is not "always hidden" in the Taskbar settings, and try toggling the options in Device Manager, maybe even for a full restart on each setting, to see if that restores the icon.

I find the quick removal option the best. The drive is slightly slower, but you can pop it out anytime you want. (Well, not while in the middle of transferring a file, but there is no cache, so any time it is idle.)

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Does anyone know the registry key to set Windows Explorer Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media on (Show icon and notifications) ? That way whenever someone plugs in a USB device the icon will show in the task bar until is ejected and not just the simple notification. I Know how to turn on/off the icons for the Action Center, Volume, Network, Power and others but I have not figured out how to do the USB icon. I would appreciate any help.

A:Safely Remove Hardware icon on taskbar

Stick in a USB, then click the little arrow that shows the hidden icons. Drag the hidden icon you want displayed onto the system tray. It should keep showing it from then on.

I got tired of doing that and went the other way. I enabled all icons and notifications in the tray, then turned off the annoying system ones.

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Lately whenever right clicking the Windows Safely Remove Hardware icon to stop a USB device I've been getting the following error message:
An exception occurred while trying to run "shell32.dll, Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll"

Then when I click OK I get the next following error message:
Run a DLL as an APP has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

I don't get the above error messages when stopping a USB device by left clicking the Windows Safely Remove Hardware icon.

My operating system is Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 with 512 MB RAM. My processor is an AMD Athlon(tm) 64 3200+ 1.79 GHz.

Can anyone tell me what be going on and how I can fix this problem? Thanks in advance.

A:Problem With Safely Remove Hardware Icon

I have seen the same problem at a discussion here :http://www.ephotozine.com/topic/t-47964 . Hope helpful!

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XPS 8900, Windows 10. On the taskbar, lower right corner, the "Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media" icon shows and won't go away. I've had this computer for a few days and the icon has been there from the beginning. This pops up when I click on it:

Clicking on the 3 dots does nothing, clicking on Open Devices and Printers, opens devices and printers in control panel. If I plug in a flash drive or and then click on the icon, this pops up:

I click on Eject... and then it tells me it's safe to remove hardware. Okay, I understand all of that. But when the only thing plugged into the computer is the keyboard and the mouse, why is that icon there? My old computer had Windows 10 installed and that icon only appeared when I plugged something into one of the USB ports, it wasn't there all of the time. On this computer, why is the icon there all of the time, even when nothing (except the keyboard and mouse) is plugged into a USB port?

A:Safely Remove Hardware icon won't go away, XPS 8900

I still can't get that icon to go away. If this was my first time using Windows 10, I'd think that maybe it was normal for that icon to always be there, but like I wrote in my first post, my old computer had Windows 10 on it and that icon wasn't always there. Does anyone else with a Windows 10 computer have that icon showing all of the time?

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU E3200 @ 2.40GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3061 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) G33/G31 Express Chipset Family, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 292965 MB, Free - 208909 MB; D: Total - 12176 MB, Free - 2195 MB; G: Total - 57215 MB, Free - 24942 MB;
Motherboard: MSI, Boston
Antivirus: Norton Security Suite, Updated and Enabled

I surfed and did the following:

I went to Customize and clicked on Notifications and Safely Remove Hardware was not on the list.

I then went to My Computer and tried the following at least I wanted to try.
Go to My Computer > Manage > Services and Applications > Services.
Search the list for the following entry "Plug and Play" and double click on it.
The properties window should appear.
Set the Startup Type to "Automatic" .
Click OK and restart your PC.

Had no idea where to find Manage.

Is there some other method.

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Hi everyone,

I've had this problem for awhile now.

When trying to eject USB devices, the safely remove hardware icon in the notification area doesn't show any connected hardware. For my 4GB USB drive, it isn't a problem, because I can eject it from windows explorer. But my external drive doesn't have this option so I am forced to just unplug it.

I have tried to run "RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll" to stop the device, but I always get the error saying the device is not removable and cannot be unplugged.

I've found this problem in these forums (USB cannot be removed), but the thread is old. It seems that the problem was a changed registry entry relating to a bluetooth USB driver and the solution was to remove that registry entry, but it doesn't point to which specific entry that is.


A:Safely Remove Hardware icon not functioning.

Hello padekker
If you turn on your computer with the external HDD attaced then the OS won't let you remove-it and that's maybe true for the USB stick.
Try to power up your computer before inserting any USB drive.
Good luck

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I am aware that this subject has been discussed threadbare on this forum as well as many others
with no one solution that completely solves this problem for every one.
A number of suggestions, work arounds have been put up by a lot of people.
Some seem to work for some, and some do not.
I seem to have stumbled on a solution but this, unfortunately is not permanent.
Let me explain:

I am running Windows XP Professional with SP2.
Windows Firewall is installed, as is, the excellent, Nod32 Antivirus.

Quite sometime ago, I lost the Safely Remove Hardware icon and also
the Volume Control icon from the Notification area of the System Tray.
I do not recollect why or how this came about.

Scouring several forums over a period of time in search for an answer, I realised
that the SRH icon can be made to show up in the System Tray by:
Click on Start/Control Panel/Sounds and Audio Devices and placing a check mark in the
'Place volume icon on the task bar' check box.
This immeditely places the two icons referred to above in the System Tray.
I also ensure that the icons are set to 'Always show' by right clicking on the system tray
and selecting 'Customize Notifications...' and then clicking on Customize after the 'Hide
when inactive' check box is ticked.
You can also see from the attached first snapshot that the Customize Notification panel exhibits
only ‘Current Items’ (There are no ‘Past Items’ showing no... Read more

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I just purchased a Dell Inspiron 1720 with Vista Home Premium.  The Safely Remove Hardware icon is missing from the system tray.  How can I add it?

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Hello Luvtoobake,
Thanks for your post!
Many factors may cause the problem you encounter. Please use the following steps to narrow down the problem?s scope:
1.    Right-click the task bar and select properties, and switch to Notification Area tab, and then click Customize, then confirm whether Safely Remove Hardware is set to Hide in Behavior column. If so, please set it to Hide when inactive.
2.    Please confirm that all the drivers are updated, especially motherboard and BIOS.For more information, please use the following page:http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/driverslist.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen&ServiceTag=&SystemID=INS_PNT_PM_1720&os=WLH&osl=en&catid=&impid=
If the problem still persists after using the steps above, please let me know. I?m happy to be of further assistance.   
Important Note: This response contains a reference to a third party World Wide Web site. Microsoft is providing this information as a convenience to you. Microsoft does not control these sites and has not tested any software or information found on these sites; therefore, Microsoft cannot make any representations regarding the quality, safety, or suitability of any software or information found there. There are inherent dangers in the use of any software found on the Internet, and Microsoft cautions you to make sure that you completely understand the risk before retrieving any software from the Internet.
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Recently got a new laptop with 8.1, moving over some files from an external drive. The safely remove hardware icon isn't showing up near the notification area. It doesn't even show in the "Turn system icons on or off" settings.

Using cmd, I was able to get the window up with this command:
rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll

However when trying eject it from there it tells me the drive cannot be stopped or removed.
The external works fine on my other computers.

Anyone have any ideas on what going on or how to fix it?

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The Safely Remove Hardware Icon seems to have vanished from the notification area on my WinXP SP3 desktop machine. I can't say for certain how long it has been like it, but would appreciate any suggestions as to how to restore it. Thank you.
John B

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I installed a second printer a HP all in one printer. Every thing works fine but down in the taskbar I have the safe to remove hardware icon. Not sure why it is there not like I want to remove the printer. Any suggestions would be appreciated!!

A:Safely Remove Hardware icon For my Printer?

The reason that ICON is there is to let you know that an external device has been plugged it to your computer via USB, so in order for you to remove the device without corrupting the operating system, Microsoft put a button there, anytime you want to remove the device you have right click on it and say "disable or remove" that's when operating system will stop using the device and it will be safe to remove it.

I believe it is a product of the service (Shell Hardware Detection, not positive) that coordinates the connections of usb devices. You can disable it, but then you'll have to enable it to connect another device.

It may be located in Group Policy (gpedit.msc), that allows you to turn off "System Tray Notification of Hardware Events"

Removable devices such as memory sticks can be set in two modes

"optimized for quick removal" and "optimized for performance"

if you choose the first option, this will disable write-caching on the disk & in windows so you can remove the device without having to go through the "safely remove dialog"

if you choose the second option, this will enable write-caching on the disk and in windows to improve performance, using this option requires you to go through the "safely remove dialog" to remove the device to ensure no data is lost when unplugged.

to change between these two modes, plug the device in and double click on the removable device icon that appears ... Read more

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Its a niggle and not a big one, but is there no way for readyboost enabled USB sticks to not show as this system tray icon? or will W7 always recognise them as just a USB, not a permanent fixture to my machine?



A:Readyboost - Safely Remove Hardware Icon

Hello Ben,

Since a readyboost USB flash drive must be ejected first so that it could be safely disconnected when wanted to, you will always have the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon when it's connected. However, you could set the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon to Hide icon and notifications using the tutorial below to no longer see it.

Notification Area Icons - Hide or Show System Icons and Notifications

Hope this helps,

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Hey group,
Haven't been on here in ages, but I need a good source for an answer. About a month ago, I was going to eject a flash drive and when I went to click on the icon, it wasn't there. I went into the options where you tell Windows what icons to show and when - and it was set right - to show the icon and notifications.
I have 2 external drives and use flash drives constantly. I'm really afraid of losing some data if I can't get that icon back.
Anybody know how to restore all default icons for the task bar?
Thanks for any help.

A:safely remove hardware icon gone from taskbar

You can do this:
Open "This PC", right click on the drive, and click "Eject", then you can remove the drive.

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My Safely Remove Hardware Icon has disappeared from the system tray. Does anyone know how I can restore it? I frequently plug and unplug a USB memory stick, and I don't want to corrupt the files on it.

A:Safely Remove Hardware icon disapeared..

Run your windows disc in repair mode, or Service Pack 2 disc.
Or you can go to Start-> Control Panel -> System -> Hardware -> Device manager, and remove "USB Human Interface Device".
Then reboot, and allow Windows to find it.

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Can someone help me?

I download my photos from my digital camera to my computer via a memory card however for some reason, this card, or the drive, won't read if the "safely remove hardware" icon isn't present in my task bar and I can't get my photos!!!
Does anyone know HOW to get the icon back (is it conflicting with something??) or how else I can get my photos.
I have a few photo editing programs but I can't "acquire" the photos as it doesnt even show that drive exists!!!

Thanks for your help..

A:Safely Remove Hardware icon disappears!!

Welcome to TechSpot

What Windows version are you using? What sort of card-reader?
Go to Control Panel/System and check if there are any yellow or red signs in Device Manager.
Your USB-drivers might be corrupt.

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I could not find the key in the registry that controls the initialization bar so I could turn on again the icon that controls all the USB devices.
Can anyone really help me?
I'm using an INTEL motherboard, Core DUO processor, and WinXP SP3
Thanks in advance

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Awhile back I replaced my CD-Rom drive and instead of getting another IDE drive, I got SATA. Since the installation though, I've had a Remove Hardware icon in my system tray. When I click on it it refers to my new DVD/CD-Rom. How do I get this notification to go away?
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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I am getting a 'Safely Remove Hardware' icon appearing in my system tray. It appeard after installing a USB radio.

Im just wondering how to get rid of the icon.


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is there a way to permanently disable that annoying icon?

most of the posts i have read only says how to hide it...

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Do you not use USB Thumb Drives or camera memory cards in a Reader? That feature is for data protection, keeps one from prematurely removing those type drives which is pretty much guarantee to corrupt either the file Windows or programs is working with or corrupting the whole drive. In comparison to the problems that could be caused having the icon is quite minor.

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The safely remove hardward Icon is no longer showing in my taskbar and it is set to always show..... I have changed the setting several times thinking maybe it was just a glitch in the Taskbar Settings, but it still will not show..
I need help in restoring this Icon as I use it quite often when removing USB Flash Drives.

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Hey everybody. I'm having a silly problem on my Mom's computer that I built. The Safely Remove Hardware icon is in the taskbar for the PCIe video card. I've Googled this problem and found others that are getting this not only for video cards but for other hardware that shouldn't be removed as well (ex: internal hard drives). The only "fixes" that have been suggested (that I came across) is to hide the icon or disable the feature. This isn't a real fix in my book.

Computer specs:
Vista Home Premium 32-bit
Biostar P4M900-M4
nVidia GeForce 8400 GS
Enermax 300w PSU
P4 3.2GHz CPU

So the story is, I put in a GeForce 8400 GS a while back and it was working fine for a while. Then one day, I noticed the Safely Remove Hardware icon for the 8400. A while later, my brother removed the card and switched it back to the on board video. I forget the exact reason he said he needed to switch it. Fast forward to present now, I got my Mom a new hard drive and while I was installing it I figured I'd put the 8400 back in and see what happens. I installed Vista, updated, and installed the latest drivers from nVidia. Everything was working fine, no remove hardware icon in the system tray.

Then, directly after the reboot from the SP2 update, the Safely Remove Hardware icon appeared in the system tray for the video card. Amazing. So after some Google searches, I found one other person that said he got the Safely Remove Hardware icon fo... Read more

A:Safely Remove Hardware icon for Video Card

just a thought, have you tried updating your chipset driver?

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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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hello guys!
I turn to your wisdom once again as I'm having some problems with my pc

Processor: DualCore Intel Core 2 Duo E6600, 2300 MHz (9 x 256)
Motherboard: ASRock 775Dual-VSTA
Motherboard Chipset VIA Apollo PT880 Pro
RAM: Corsair VS1GB667D2 1 GB DDR2-667 DDR2 SDRAM x 2
Video Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GS (256 MB)
Sound card: Creative X-Fi Fatal1ty
Mouse: RAZER Coperhead Laser mouse USB
Keyboard: standard wired PS2 keyboard
WACOM tablet
Pci SATA expansion card
6 hard drives
2 IDE and 4 SATA (yea i know... but i don't have the time to delete my projects these days
PSU: Coolermaster Real Power 550W ...

Sunbelt Kerio Firewall
Kasperski Antivirus
AVG Antispyware 7.5

I recently updated the VIA chipset drivers to the latest version in an attempt to solve a rather annoying random freeze of pc while downloading. Now i got even more trouble apart from the random freeze -

the dreaded "safely remove hardware" icon on the right hand toolbar, that asks me to safely remove my C drive??!?!!?! hello?! Is it possible to remove this or will i have to uninstall the latest VIA drivers and go to the Microsoft ones for the SATA drives?

Also, would anyone happen to have any idea how to go about fixing this freeze up when downloading files using Mozilla Firefox (also tested with IE - same problem). This has only recently happened after updating BIOS version for motherboard (from 2.20 to 2.90). I just updated the VIA Rhine II... Read more

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How can i remove this icon my computer is not connected to any external USB or any other drive in the notification area
can anybody help to remove me this unwanted icon, I tried removing it so many ways by enabling and disabling USB from registry and device manager but still the icon showing on the notification area picture attached.
OS used Windows 8.1 PRO x64 and this is a fresh OS installation
Picture attached
Can anybody help me to remove this annoying icon.

Cheers Trojan

A:Safely Remove Hardware icon Notification Area

Hello Trojan,

You have your thread marked as solved, but just in case it's not, you could see if resetting the notification area icons may help since you do not have any external devices connected to your PC.

Notification Area Icons - Reset - Windows 7 Help Forums

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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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