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Q: Questions on: safely remove hardware and Windows task manager

Every now and then I get an error, "The device 'Generic volume' cannot be stopped because a program is still accessing it", after trying to safetly remove my USB device.

No matter what I do I can not get it to say Device is ok to be Safetly Remove (or what ever it is)... - I mean I close everything that I can think of; I have tried to close a few program under the "Processes" tab of the windows task manager however some of these unsure if I she End Process so when unsure I do not. Is there anyway of knowing what these programs are?

Back to the USB device isue - will shutting off computer be good enough to unplug the USB drive? As there is always a little power in the computer on shut down.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated - thanks,

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A: Questions on: safely remove hardware and Windows task manager

Look in the bottom toolbar for a tiny icon that has a green arrow pointing down to the left, and a grey image of a USB flash drive just below it.
Right click on that tiny arrow-grey box set. You will get the box "Safely Remove Hardware"
Click on that choice, and wait until you get the message on your screen that it is safe to remove the USB flash device.
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wt... please help

A:[SOLVED] PC is not showing safely remove hardware usb icon in task bar ??

hi, right click on the start button and choose the taskbar tab, and uncheck Hide inactive.
When you get the message saying you can't remove it, do you try again later and does it work.
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As seen in Image 1, when i right click on the safely remove hardware and eject media icon in Windows 7 it is blank and does not give me the option to safely remove any hardware. This is the same with multiple USB's I?ve tried, some externally powered, others just pen drives.

In image 2 I?ve tried to run "rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll" But I get the error message this device is not removable and cannot be ejected or unplugged. Thanks.

A:Can't safely Remove and Hardware, Windows 7

Sounds like an OS issue, not a hardware issue. Moving to the Win7 forum.
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It is difficult to remove multiple flash drives using the safely remove hardware dialog. I had three flash drives plugged into a USB hub, and I wanted to remove all three at once. I click on the remove hardware icon in the notification area, but it only allows me to select one drive at a time.

When I click on a drive to remove, the dialog disappears and another window opens to let me know that the drive can be removed.

I have to repeat this process for the other two drives. Worse still, the remove hardware icon changes position when the safe to remove dialog appears.

Ideally, when multiple removable devices are installed, the remove hardware dialog should remain visible after selecting a device to remove. That would allow the user to select additional devices to remove if so desired.

A:Windows 7 safely remove hardware annoyance

Hello Wayward,

If you are not using the flash drive with Readyboost or have anything currently being saved to or from the drive, then you should be fine with just removing the flash drive without using the Safely Remove Hardware option.

Hope this helps,
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I was searching about this on the net came across a video on youtube, this guy had 2 icons of magicjack in my computer where as I don't have any.
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A:How to remove hardware (magicjack) safely in windows 7

Hi and welcome here!

Yes it is totally safe since this feature was built into windows to prevent flash drives or other data drives from data corruption or becoming unusable. By default the option of caching on flash drives is turned off (in the operating system not the drive). This function checks if there's any data traffic through the drive, and if there's no traffic it virtually disconnects the device from the computer, so it won't show up in eg. explorer.
If this icon doesn't appear or disappears for you, that means that windows recognises the device not as a simple data storage, but something else that doesn't need to be double checked before removing, because it won't suffer any damage of unexpected removing.

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I had no option but to turn off the netbook and then remove the USB modem.

1) Will turning off the netbook stop any possible corruption of the USB modem?

2) Is there anyone here who has had this issue and resolved it?

Thanks in advance.

A:Solved: No Safely Remove Hardware icon in Windows 7

1) Not really any problem anyhow with a wireless adater (which I assume is what you mean by modem since they are sometimes called that). It's storage devices that are of concern, as there may be writes pending.

2) Not me. But, since you are new to the mysteries of 7, let's see if you really have a problem.

The "Safely Remove" icon will appear only when there is a USB device present. By default it will not be in the main Notification Area; it will be in the "overflow" area that you access by clicking the tiny up-arrow (left-most icon in Notification Area).

If you customize (see attachment) the "Safely Remove" can be forced into the Notification Area by changing the Behavior to 'Show icon and notifications.'
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Please include a screenshot of the taskbar.
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A:Need to Remove Safely Remove Hardware Icon from start up menu

Click Start/Run and type in msconfig and click OK.
Any weird program in the startup that may cause this?
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A:Can I remove an item from safely remove hardware list?

Actually, it might be something related to your system setup.

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A:safely remove hardware

It only shows I believe when you are using a removable hardware like an ipod and its plugged into the computer or its cradle
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A:Safely Remove Hardware

Let me guess, it's a SATA drive?
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A:safely remove hardware

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A:safely remove hardware

Hi McDev
The usb mouse does not come into the equation as it is not a mass storage device, same with a printer.
External hdd's and usb memory sticks need to be removed in the proper manner or you could risk not only losing data but also damaging the equipment.
It only takes a moment McDev because as they say Patience is a virtue.
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A:Safely Remove Hardware

I have this exact same thing, interesting that Windows decides to give you the option to stop the OS drive! Again, if anyone knows a solution, it would be appreciated!
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A:cant safely remove hardware?

Hi. . .

Shut the system down w/flash drive in, then remove it.

regards. . .


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A:Can't Remove Hardware Safely

Problem solved.
I ran the System File Checker (SFC) and the problem was solved.

If you have the same problem, run the SFC.
Instructions: SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

Hope this solves your problem!
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The "Safely remove hardware" system tray icon is normally only present when a USB attached storage device or a device bay device is connected to the system. It does not normally show internal hard drives.To hide the icon see:Remove Icons for USB Devices from Notification Area
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Can you explain it a little better.
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Did you try stopping it first?
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A:Safely Remove Hardware

Usb sockets, from the moment they are activated when you boot your computer, carry a constant 5 volt supply. For this reason, although not reccomended, if you plug a usb device in while the computer turned on, holding the connector loose at the front of the socket and slowly pushing it in, you will see small sparks on occasions if you look closely.

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A:Safely Remove Hardware

Have you checked your hidden icons? It should be under Windows explorer.
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I have a USB flash drive and I was wondering what is the safest way to remove it, either
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2. Just pull the flash drive out from the USB socket.

My friend said if you keep on using the "Safely remove USB Mass Storage Device" the USB flash drive could get corrupted.

Which method shall I use???


A:Safely Remove Hardware

AP2006 said:


I have a USB flash drive and I was wondering what is the safest way to remove it, either
1. Safely remove USB Mass Storage Device


2. Just pull the flash drive out from the USB socket.

My friend said if you keep on using the "Safely remove USB Mass Storage Device" the USB flash drive could get corrupted.

Which method shall I use???

ThanksClick to expand...

I have no idea why your friend would believe that using the "Safely remove USB Mass Storage Device" function would cause the drive to become corrupted.

All this function does is make sure that no data is still being written to the drive before it is removed. You would be much more likely to corrupt a drive by removing the drive if data is still being written to the drive.
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You'll be using either Win2K or XP

If you're on XP, you can hide it

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When this happens, what I've found is that you can click on Start, Run..., and just copy/paste this line in (to avoid typo):

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OPPS ... Looks like I put this under the wrong sub.


A:Safely remove hardware sound

Look under Sounds in CP, that sound is probably assigned to multiple functions.
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I tried the 'Safely Remove Hardware' but it ells me
"Windows can?t stop your Generic volume device because it is in use..."

I even made sure nothing was copied in the clipboard as I find this is usually the case but this time its not.


PS I am running vista

A:When 'Safely Remove Hardware' does now work - what now?

usually, you have a window open on one of the directories of the device.

Close all programs
Close all explorer windows

try the Safely Remove Hardware again

if it fails, do it still once more - - sometimes TWICE is require - - hey, it's windows
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Is it possible to put a shortcut (with a decent sized icon) to <Safely remove hardware> on the desktop?
My eyesight is not what it once was and I have difficulty in finding the correct icon in the right hand corner, besides which it is not always in the same place and while I am looking for it the toolbar closes up again.
If it is possible how dous one do it?
Best wishes

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I backup my computers every week using 500G backup drives. One of my computers gives me the attached error message when I try to disconnect the drive.

Because I have no idea what is causing that message, I just disconnect it and go on my merry way. I don't know if that is good or bad so I am coming here.

I tried closing down the control panel but the message still appears.

Any ideas, guys and gals?


A:Some help with safely remove hardware after backup, please

This Tutorial should help.
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Safely Remove Hardware - Eject Device