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Windows 7: Remove "Safely Remove Hardware" Icon

03 Mar 2009   #1
Kentor

Windows 7
 
 
Remove "Safely Remove Hardware" Icon

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.


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03 Mar 2009   #2
kword88

windows 7 ultimate 64bit
 
 

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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03 Mar 2009   #3
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Kentor, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I believe the only way for it to go away is to go into the Device Manager and open the properties for each drive listed in the "safely remove hardware" icon. Next, select the "Quick Removal" option under the Policies tab in Properties for each drive. This will of course disable write caching for the drives, but it should remove the icon.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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03 Mar 2009   #4
Airbot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Mine has disappeared in the 7048 build without doing anything Shawn..
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03 Mar 2009   #5
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

It's still on with my build 7048 x64. Both of my drives have write caching enabled though.

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03 Mar 2009   #6
Airbot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Yeah, I do have write caching enabled, always..

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03 Mar 2009   #7
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Um, hopefully mine will disappear as well at some point to.
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03 Mar 2009   #8
Ex_Brit

Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 10 Pro (all x64)
 
 

Mine disappears if I remove the "Always Show All Icons & Notifications In The Taskbar" checkmark from right-clicking the taskbar, Properties, Customize Notifcation Area, but then I have to adjust every single one to show that I want.


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04 Mar 2009   #9
Airbot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Hey Shawn,

I found a free little app that removes the Safely Remove Hardware Icon from the sys tray.

my icon only appears if I plug in a usb device, it doesn't stay there like before..

But this app just takes the icon completely away or brings it back but you can still access the safely remove hardware applet while this app has the icon gone if you make the shortcut for it.

I was going to make the tut on how to make the Safely Remove Hardware shortcut but I see you already made it over at Vistax64.

Anyways, this little thing works good, I tested it out, just unblocked it and installed, no compatibility mode or anything. Pleae add it to your list here and at Vista please.

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04 Mar 2009   #10
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Done Aaron.
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