Can not find the little USB icon to eject drive Solved


  1. Posts : 30
    Windows 10 Home/Pro
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    Can not find the little USB icon to eject drive


    I connected my drive to a new Windows 10 computer. I can't find the little icon that you can right click to remove the drive. Is there a way to enable it?
    Otherwise the drive is working fine.
    Thanks.
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  2. badrobot's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro x64
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    Arkas said: View Post
    I connected my drive to a new Windows 10 computer. I can't find the little icon that you can right click to remove the drive. Is there a way to enable it?
    Otherwise the drive is working fine.
    Thanks.
    Look for the device on File Explorer, right-click and select "Eject".Click image for larger version. 

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  3. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (1903) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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    Often the eject icon in the taskbar notification area is to be found in '^ Show hidden icons'. It seems to be a hidden icon by default, I prefer it to be visible so I click and drag it to the taskbar notification area where it will stay for future use.
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  4. Bree's Avatar
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    badrobot said: View Post
    Look for the device on File Explorer, right-click and select "Eject".
    That works for DVDs, USB sticks and SD memory cards. An external HDD is not classed as 'removable media' so it does not have an eject option in File Explorer. A USB HDD can only be ejected from the taskbar icon.
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  5. Posts : 30
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    Thread Starter
       #5

    Thanks. I can see and access the drive fine, but from device manager, right clicking on the external HDD does not give me the eject option, nor is the USB sign in the ^ area
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  6. Bree's Avatar
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    Arkas said: View Post
    ...nor is the USB sign in the ^ area
    See if this thread helps restore the missing eject icon to the notification area...

    Safely Remove Hardware Icon in Taskbar has disappeared - Windows 10 Forums
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  7. sn00ker's Avatar
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    10 pro 64 clean install
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    Arkas said: View Post
    Thanks. I can see and access the drive fine, but from device manager, right clicking on the external HDD does not give me the eject option, nor is the USB sign in the ^ area
    In The Devise Manager do you see USB Mass Storage Devise when its plug in and can you right click to uninstall ?
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  8. Plankton's Avatar
    Posts : 1,330
    Windows 10 Pro
       #8

    but from device manager
    Why are you using device mgr to eject drives? There are easier options to eject as mentioned.
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