Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: How to disable Systray icon "Safely remove hardware and eject media"?

08 Oct 2010   #1

win7pro 64bit
How to disable Systray icon "Safely remove hardware and eject media"?

In my Systray there is an icon "Safely remove hardware and eject media"
which did not exist in WinXP.

I guest this is for possible removing USB sticks from USB slots.

However I should be able to remove USB sticks by just plugging them out.
Per definition WinOS and hardware should be able to handle this automatically.

So I do not need this icon in Systray.

How can I hide this icon permanently from Systray?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Oct 2010   #2

W7 Professional x64

If you right click on the arrow thing in your notification tray, you will see "customize notification icons."

From there, you should be able to set it to "hide icon and notifications"
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Oct 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

That icon exists on every WinXP machine I've ever used. And, I wouldn't recommend just unplugging a USB stick without ejecting it first. You could lose data that way. I've also managed to kill a USB thumb drive by unplugging it without ejecting it first.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

08 Oct 2010   #4

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)

That icon has existed in the System Tray on Win machines since at least Win 2000. It is a good idea to use it to be sure all files are closed and all cached writes have been written to disk before pulling your USB stick.

You can disable write-caching on the removable drive which should allow you to remove the drive without the need to use the "Safely Remove" icon. See this tutorial.

As LiquidSnak pointed out you can customize that icon to "hide icon and notifications".
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Oct 2010   #5
Orbital Shark


Left clicking the tray arrow and selecting customize

How to disable Systray icon "Safely remove hardware and eject media"?-capture1.png

you can select 'Hide icon & notifications'

How to disable Systray icon "Safely remove hardware and eject media"?-capture.png

Hope it helps :)


My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Oct 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

I can't tell you how many times I've set up for a conference and had someone bring me a corrupted flash drive they just "pulled out" instead of ejecting. In Windows 7, it takes two mouse clicks. Click once on the icon, click again on the drive from the pop-up list.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Jan 2014   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate (Build 7201)

I have discovered a way to remove that icon, which involves the following steps:

1. Download Dud (Dud) and Replacer (Replacer).
2. Rename dud.exe to stobject.dll.
3. Give Ownership of the stobject.dll in \Windows\System32 to Administrators and give Full Permission to it.
4. Run Replacer to replace the original stobject.dll with the renamed dud.exe.
5. Restart the PC.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
"Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media" keeps vanishing from systray
I have noticed this on several systems - one in particular is a Toshiba Sattelite A505-S6980 - where I "Customize" the icons that appear in the system tray. One icon that I like to appear is the little "USB" icon for the "Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media" function. What happens is this:...
General Discussion
Missing the " Safely Remove Hardware (USB) icon"
Not sure if this is a Windows or Toshiba issue. Ever since I installed a new (AT&T)wireless router and software, my taskbar icon arrangement was all messed up and the " Safely Remove Hardware (USB) icon" is missing in action! Is there any way other than doing a system restore, to capture the...
General Discussion
Safely remove hardware and eject media - Does not detect new HDD
I have an internal "hot swap" bay for SATA drives. If I don't use Window's 'Safely remove hardware and eject media' to "eject" the HDD before removing it, I can reinsert the HDD or any other HDD and Windows will automatically find it and add it to 'My Computer'. If I use Window's 'Safely remove...
Hardware & Devices
How can I launch "Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media"?
Hi, I very much know about using C:\WINDOWS\system32\rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll to display the "Safely Remove Hardware" dialog window, but I'd much prefer to emulate the result of clicking on the "Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media" icon in the system tray. Is...
Hardware & Devices
Show icon for "safely remove hardware"
I have set up several Windows 7 computers to always show the "Safely remove hardware" icon in the system tray, when a flash drive is installed. However, the Windows 7 Home edition I have just installed doesn't list that icon as an option when I click on customise. How can I get that option to...
General Discussion

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 23:55.
Twitter Facebook