Q. The “safely remove hardware button” is missing.

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The "safely remove hardware button" is missing. How do I safely remove a flash drive?

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Q. The “safely remove hardware button” is missing.

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This problem happens to all occasionally. Safely Remove hardware icon disappears no reason at all. When this happens click Start and then Run. In Open type RunDll32.exe shell32.dll, Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll and click OK. That will open Safely Remove Hardware box. From there click on device you want to remove and click Stop. When Windows is done with device you can remove it. After you do that even Safely Remove Hardware icon will show up again. 

RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll

If this happens often I suggest you to make a desktop shortcut for that command I explained above. Right click on your desktop, click on New and then click Shortcut. In dialog box enter command from above. That will bring up the Safely Remove Hardware box.

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Q. The “safely remove hardware button” is missing.

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I think maybe the system encountered some kind of a problem during your last sessions while using a USB flash drive maybe. You should check first if the green arrow icon of the Safely Remove Hardware is only hidden in the system tray. There is a button in the notification area that hides inactive icons. It only appears when icons starts become inactive. Click on it to see if the green arrow icon is in there.

You should also remember that the Safely Remove Hardware icon [green arrow] appears only after inserting a USB flash drive or any USB device on any USB ports of the computer. You will not see this icon if there is no USB device inserted. But if this problem always happens, where the green arrow icon doesn’t appear even after inserting a USB flash drive, there is also another way of making it appear again by going to the command prompt.

  1. Click Start then Run.
  2. Type [without double quotes] “C:WINDOWSsystem32rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll” then hit Enter.

See if this fixes the problem.

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