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Safely Remove Hardware Shortcut - Create

How to Create a "Safely Remove Hardware" Shortcut in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8
Published by Brink
18 Apr 2010
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How to Create a "Safely Remove Hardware" Shortcut in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8

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Safely Remove Hardware allows you to safely shutdown and eject a storage device before just unplugging or disconnecting it to help prevent accidental data loss if data were still being copied or saved to or from the device. For example, if you have write caching enable on the device.

This tutorial will show you how to create or download a Safely Remove Hardware shortcut that you can use where you like in Windows.


EXAMPLE: Safely Remove Hardware
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OPTION ONE
To Download the "Safely Remove Hardware" Shortcut
1. Click/tap on the download button below to download the file below.
Safely_Remove_Hardware.zip

download
2. Save the .zip file to your desktop.

3. Open the .zip file and extract the Safely Remove Hardware shortcut to the desktop.

4. Unblock the Safely Remove Hardware shortcut.
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5. If you would like a better custom 256x256 pixel icon instead of the default smaller icon, then go to step 8 in OPTION TWO below to download and use it instead.

6. In Vista and Windows 7, you can now Pin to Taskbar (Windows 7 only) or Pin to Start Menu, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.

7. In Windows 8, you can Pin to Taskbar on desktop, Pin to Start screen, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.

8. When done, you can delete the downloaded .zip file on the desktop if you like, or save it to use again.






OPTION TWO
To Manually Create the "Safely Remove Hardware" Shortcut
1. Right click or press and hold on an empty area on your desktop, and click/tap on New and Shortcut.

2. Copy and Paste the location below into the location area, and click/tap on the Next button. (see screenshot below)
%windir%\System32\rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll


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3. Type Safely Remove Hardware for the name, and click/tap on the Finish button. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: You can name this anything you would like though.
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4. Right click or press and hold on the new Safely Remove Hardware shortcut, and click/tap on Properties.

5. Click/tap on the Shortcut tab, then click/tap on the Change Icon button. (see screenshot below)
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6. To Use the Default Icon
A) In the line under "Look for icons in this file", type in the location below, press Enter, and go to step 8 below. (see left screenshot below step 8)
%SystemRoot%\System32\hotplug.dll
7. To Download or Use a Custom Icon
NOTE: You can skip this step and go to step 6 if you do not want or need a better 256x256 pixel icon to use instead of the smaller default one.
A) You could click/tap on the Download button below to download and use this custom 256x256 pixel Safely_Remove_Hardware.ico file in a ZIP file below as this shortcut's icon if you like.
NOTE: The icon will need to remain saved at the same location for the icon to continue to display on the shortcut.
download

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B) In the line under "Look for icons in this file", click/tap on Browse and navigate to the location of the saved 256x256 pixel icon you want to use. (see right screenshot below step 8)
8. Select the icon in blue below, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshots below)
NOTE: Left sceeenshot for step 4, and right screenshot for step 5.
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9. Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
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10. In Vista and Windows 7, you can now Pin to Taskbar (Windows 7 only) or Pin to Start Menu, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.

11. In Windows 8, you can Pin to Taskbar on desktop, Pin to Start screen, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.
That's it,
Shawn


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29 Oct 2010   #1
need4steer

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Thanks a lot for another great tutorial.

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29 Oct 2010   #2
Night Hawk

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

With all these flash drives and other usb devices I need something besides a system tray icon to click on! Keep 'em coming! Shawn
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29 Oct 2010   #3
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome guys. Thank you.
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29 Oct 2010   #4
Night Hawk

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

You're most certainly Welcome! I prefer the larger screen for listing the devices presently in use over the small popup seen with the right click on the sys tray icon there. This should make things easier for anyone!
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30 Oct 2010   #5
need4steer

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Thanks to www7t2b I found out another command to type in step 2:
Code:
"control hotplug.dll"
It gives the same result as
Code:
"C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll"
You can also run both from the start --> run window.

www7t2b posted about it at: usb hd not recognized as removable.
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11 Jun 2011   #6
1jiva1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 OEM
 
 

Thank You just really does not seem appropriate. I would like to extend my sincere 'Gratefulness and Gratitude' for your help. I have spent days just searching for
answers that may have worked but I am very very NEW at all this stuff.
And I STILL have not a clue as what I may have did wrong to make this all happen.

Many Many Thanks

1jiva1......................Gary



Nothing Real Is Threatened................Nothing Unreal exists
Herein lies the Peace.......of.......G...... heh heh heh.....a Great
Mentor
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11 Jun 2011   #7
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Jiva, and welcome to Seven Forums.
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07 Nov 2011   #8
mkr10001

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

Is there a way to add this to the context menu?
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07 Nov 2011   #9
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

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