System tips: about the “safe removal of hardware” related issues

When we insert a flash drive or removable hard drive into our computer, a “Safely Remove Hardware” icon will appear in the Windows 10 taskbar tray. This icon makes it easy for us to quickly disconnect and eject our mobile device. However, in the process of using “Safely Remove Hardware”, we may also encounter various problems related to it. Knowing the right way to deal with it can avoid embarrassment when problems arise or facilitate the operation.

1. Recover the lost “Safely Remove Hardware” icon

Sometimes, when we insert a USB storage device, we find that the “Safely Remove Hardware” icon located in the tray does not appear, and at this time, if you rashly pull out the device directly, there will be risks, and may lose the data or even cause damage to the device. So, in this case, how to safely eject this device?

First of all, the most obvious way is to make sure that the “Safely Remove Hardware” icon on the taskbar is not set to “Always Hide”. If you are using Windows 7, check the status of the icons in the list via “Customize” on the taskbar and make sure that “Windows Explorer → Safely remove hardware and eject media” is not set to ” Hide icons and notifications”. If you are using Windows 8 or Windows 10, make sure that “Turn system icons on or off” and “Select which icons appear on the taskbar” are set in the “Notification area” setting on the taskbar. in the Taskbar “Notification area” settings to “Turn system icons on or off” and “Select which icons to show on the taskbar” (Figure 1).


If the above operation does not work, you can use the manual command execution method to recover. First, press Win+R to open the “Run” dialog box, then type and execute the following command line.

rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll

After executing the above command, the “Safely Remove Hardware” dialog box will pop up, so you can use the dialog box to select the device to be ejected (Figure 2).


Tip: If you want to use it later, you can also build the above command as a batch file or create a shortcut and place it on the desktop or other convenient place where you can double-click to run the USB device at any time.

In addition, there is another solution, which is to right-click on the disk where the USB device is located in the Disk Management window and choose to enter the Properties window, change the Policy tab to Change “Quick Delete” to “Better Performance” in the “Policies” tab, and then click “OK”. After the tray icon is restored, reset it to Quick Delete (Figure 3).


If you find the above modifications and settings troublesome, you can also prepare a small tool called USB Disk Ejector (download link:, extraction code: zh5s) and when you need to eject a device, just run When you need to eject a device, just run the utility, then select the device you want to eject in the software window and double click or enter to eject the device (Figure 4).


2. Permanently remove the “Safely Remove Hardware” icon

On the other hand, if we feel that the extra “Safely Remove Hardware” icon in the system tray is an eyesore or takes up space, we can keep it out of the tray permanently. To do this, simply use a small software called Icon Remover to get it out of the system tray (download at After unpacking the downloaded software, run the sysray.exe program, which will hide the “Safely Remove Hardware” icon.

3. Regardless of the “secure deletion hardware” accidentally pulled out without losing data

Sometimes, when we hook up a mobile hard drive to transfer a large amount of data or download files from the network for a longer period of time, we will set the deletion policy of the mobile hard drive to “better performance” for the sake of transfer speed or performance, however, due to sudden “disconnection” hard drive (including sudden unplugging of mobile devices or sudden power failure during use, accidents), may cause the loss of data being read and written or even hard drive damage. In order to protect the removable drive and data, we can change the deletion policy of the removable drive to “Quick Delete” in its “Properties” settings window. In this way, you can avoid data loss when the above special “disconnect” happens.


This setting is effective in avoiding data loss and device damage, but there is still a risk of damaging the device by pulling it out directly and quickly because of problems such as instantaneous current changes and static electricity.

4. No mobile device Why does the “Safely Remove Hardware” icon appear?

Some users have found that after installing the computer, there are multiple hard disks attached to the computer and no external removable storage devices are connected, but after booting Windows 10, they find that the “Safely Remove Hardware” icon appears on the system tray, and these ejectable devices are the icons of the hard disks attached to the system. What is the reason for this? How can I fix it?

This problem occurs mainly because the SATA interface hard drive supports the hot-plug feature, if the system motherboard BIOS opens the SATA hard drive hot-plug option, then the “Safely Remove Hardware” icon will appear in the Windows system tray. At this point, simply shut down and reboot into the BIOS settings to turn off the SATA hot-plug option (Figure 5). Note that the location and name of this option may vary by motherboard.



The hard drive hot-plug is generally used in the server, as the server computer is generally not shutdown continuous operation, therefore, in order not to affect the use of other services, the system generally need to turn on the hard drive hot-plug function, take down the hard drive without shutting down the computer, ejected after unplugging can be. And the new motherboard BIOS hard disk hot-plug option, the general default is off, so most ordinary users generally do not encounter this problem. But if the installed user changes the BIOS settings, or the user optimizes the computer, in the BIOS settings to change the hot-plug option, there will be the phenomenon described in this example.

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