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Windows 7: Windows Safely Remove does not list open drives

21 Jun 2017   #1

XP Pro (x86) | 7 HP (x86) & (x64) | 7 Pro (x64)
Windows Safely Remove does not list open drives

Windows Safely Remove does not list open drives
- 2 USB thumb drives
- 1 USB external HDD
- connected to my Lenovo e540 laptop via a mains powered USB3 hub

I have to use Windows Explorer -> Context Menu -> Eject ...
- only then does WSR show "Safe To Remove <drive name>"

Both USB Thumb drives can be Ejected via WinExp -> Eject
The external HDD appears in WinExp but there is no "Eject" item on Context Menu ?

What can I do to repair this problem ? thank you :)

Lenovo e540 laptop
Win-7 PRO x64, clean installed 2 weeks ago

My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Jun 2017   #2

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

Try disconnecting the USB hub, then connect one of the USB thumb drives direct to the PC and see if that shows properly!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Jun 2017   #3

XP Pro (x86) | 7 HP (x86) & (x64) | 7 Pro (x64)

Hi mitchell65

With the hub disconnected and drives connected directly to usb ports, still no popup list in Windows Safely Remove on sys.tray
I have to eject thumb drives through Windows Explorer
The external HDD does not even "earn" an "Eject" opportunity.
- I have to shut down and pull the HDD cable, then reboot

My laptop is trying to recover a system partition, looks like about a 5 hour full-scan.
It's 9:15 pm here way past my bedtime (comes with being a Jurassic leftover)

I will report back here in about 12 hours (9am our time)

Thank you for your support :)

Sent from my wife's desktop

My System SpecsSystem Spec

22 Jun 2017   #4

Windows 7 HP 64

With one USB drive connected, open Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Notification Area Icons and see if there is a Windows Explorer (Safely remove hardware ...) and if it is set to show icon and notifications.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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