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Windows 7: "Safely Remove HDW" disappeared in Windows 7!?!?!


16 Dec 2009   #1

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"Safely Remove HDW" disappeared in Windows 7!?!?!

FYI to all, here's a site to re-enable this on Windows 7 (32 & 64 alike I was a little miffed when they got rid of that nice precaution.

I've been testing this and trying out different ways to attempt to (for lack of a better word) corrupt the software as to gauge it's prowess.

In the end, I discovered that, although it's 3rd-party, it's very reliable.

Here's the site: (the product is called "USB Safely Remove.)

Safely Remove Hardware in one click! USB, SATA, Firewire. Keyboard shortcuts for stopping, clear device names, remove a device from the icon

Enjoy,

Erik
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16 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

I noticed it was gone, but I haven't had any problems with any of my USB attached devices, including "memory keys". I have 5 USB attached optical drives (for audio CD production and I can burn 5 discs at a time) and the safely remove hardware does not seem to be needed in Win 7 with these drives. In Vista, if I didn't use the Safely Remove Hardware I would run into problems the next time I powered on the drives.
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17 Dec 2009   #3

Windows 7
 
 

I've got Windows 7 x64, and if I click the "show hidden icons" button in the bottom right of the screen, I have a "Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media" option. I haven't installed any 3rd party tools either.
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17 Dec 2009   #4
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Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sunnybyfleet View Post
I've got Windows 7 x64, and if I click the "show hidden icons" button in the bottom right of the screen, I have a "Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media" option. I haven't installed any 3rd party tools either.
Same here, and it also doesn't show up there unless something is connected that would need it.
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17 Dec 2009   #5

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sunnybyfleet View Post
I've got Windows 7 x64, and if I click the "show hidden icons" button in the bottom right of the screen, I have a "Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media" option. I haven't installed any 3rd party tools either.
Thanks for that.
One of my DAP's is set to MSC (mass storage class)USB mode and I was worried about something happening if I just unplugged it. I'm less than a week into Win 7 and that was something I hadn't yet discovered.
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17 Dec 2009   #6

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Hmmm....what you know it is still there!


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18 Dec 2009   #7

Windows 7
 
 

This does of course beg the question, what on Earth was the Op trying to plug?
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