I've just run into an identical-looking problem following an update of all out-of-date drivers
on my system. However, in my case the registry hack given on this thread didn't work (and I then undid it), and the 'safely remove' dialog that I got specified the JMB368C Host Controller as the device involved - which didn't really sound like a hard disk.
I then scoured through Device Manager and eventually located the culprit, which is described as 'Memory technology driver
' and is made by the JMicron Technology Corp. I have no idea what it does, nor even whether it is something actually needed on my system.
Incidentally, I've tried 'safely removing' the device, and the icon then disappears until the next startup, but there appears to be no resultant change in the system, either adverse or otherwise, so I am left wondering whether this is a device that my system really doesn't need; maybe it's needed for some sort of functionality that I don't use?
Anyway, can some nice person point me to a registry hack or other configuration steps to stop this device from presenting a 'safely remove' icon in the notification area? It's no good my simply configuring the notification area to hide it, because I have that actually configured to 'show all', and that's the way I want to keep it. Many thanks to all you helpful people out there!