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Windows 7: "Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media" keeps vanishing from systray

29 Nov 2014   #1

Two soup cans and some string.
"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:
  • I "customize" the icons, and select "Windows Explorer (Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media)" and set it to "Show Icon and Notifications"
  • It appears (if I have something plugged in) and I can click on it to un-mount and remove media.
  • It might even appear later on too.
However, at some time in the future after setting that icon, it disappears from the system tray and returns to the "hidden icon" list with it's attribute reset to "Only Show Notifications". Once it disappears, it's gone and will not return until manually set to "Show Icon and Notifications" again.

I can re-customize the icons and restore it, but it never stays there permanently as it should. Other icons, such as my Anti-Virus's icon, the network icon, the battery icon, the speaker icon, etc., remain and I have no trouble with them vanishing. It appears that this one icon, and this one icon only, does not want to persist in the system tray, and nothing I can do - short of a big hammer! - will convince it otherwise.

What do I have to do to get this icon to stay where I put it?


Jim (JR)
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29 Nov 2014   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1

Normally the "Safely Remove Hardware & Eject Media" only shows when you Left Click on the little ^ on the Task Bar when you actually have some removable hardware attached.
On my computer when I have say a USB connected hard drive & I wish to see if I can safely remove it I click on the ^ on the task bar & it shows a list of items & one of them is the attached USB hard drive. If I left click on that item it gives a description of it & when I then right click on the description is gives me the safe to remove message if it is safe to do so.
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30 Nov 2014   #3

Two soup cans and some string.


What you describe is exactly the issue I am experiencing. . . .

Yes, I know that I can access that feature by clicking on the little triangle next to the system tray. I also know that I (should be) able to select an item on that list, select "Show Icon and Notifications", and have that icon permanently reside within the system tray as a visible item.

I know that, with every other icon I select, I can follow those steps and have that icon take up residence within the systray. Unfortunately, the "Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media" icon does not seem to follow that rule.

Even icons that can be both "active" and "inactive" (like the Action Center icon), can be made to stay visible within the system tray when they are active.

And this is what puzzles me. Why should this one particular icon, out of the dozen or so that I can choose from, behave in such a contrary manner?

I wonder if anyone else has experienced this, and if there is a solution to this problem?


Jim (JR)
My System SpecsSystem Spec

30 Nov 2014   #4

Windows 10 Pro x64

That icon doesn`t work that way.

Unless you have a permanent part of your system that thinks it can be disconnected (some video cards will do this) the icon should disappear.
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