Safely Remove Hardware icon missing

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  1. Posts : 144
    Windows 10 Home 64bit Version 22H2
       #1

    Safely Remove Hardware icon missing


    Hi
    In the last few days the 'Safely Remove Hardware' icon has gone missing from my Taskbar. Also, if I right-click on the USB stick or USB hard drive in 'This Computer' the Eject option is missing.
    In PC Settings/Personalisation/Taskbar/Notification area/Select which icons appear on the taskbar I have 'Always show all icons in the notification area' switched on & all items in the list are in the 'on' state including 'Windows Explorer (Safely Remove Hardware & Eject Media).
    Any suggestions?
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  2. Posts : 69,366
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
       #2

    Hello Frank,

    If you like, you could use the "Safely Remove Hardware" shortcut below instead, but only devices classified as removable will show up in it.

    Create Safely Remove Hardware shortcut in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials
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  3. Posts : 144
    Windows 10 Home 64bit Version 22H2
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Brink said:
    Hello Frank, If you like, you could use the "Safely Remove Hardware" shortcut below instead, but only devices classified as removable will show up in it. Create Safely Remove Hardware shortcut in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials
    Yeah, I tried that but it's somewhat unsatisfactory in that it doesn't restore the Eject option from This Computer/right-click on USB drive.
    Small things I know but my main concern is: why has it disappeared in the first place.
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  4. Posts : 69,366
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
       #4

    Is Quick removal selected for the USB drive's Policies tab in properties like below?

    Enable or Disable Disk Write Caching in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials

    Safely Remove Hardware icon missing-quick_removal.png
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  5. Posts : 144
    Windows 10 Home 64bit Version 22H2
    Thread Starter
       #5

    All my USB drives are set to quick removal
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  6. Posts : 69,366
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
       #6

    Does the USB drives show as being "Removable data drives" like below when looking in Control Panel (icon view) > BitLocker Drive Encryption?

    If they are, then yeah they should have the "Eject" context menu and be in Safely Remove Hardware.

    Safely Remove Hardware icon missing-removable.jpg
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  7. Posts : 144
    Windows 10 Home 64bit Version 22H2
    Thread Starter
       #7

    I don't use Bitlocker
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  8. Posts : 69,366
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
       #8

    It's only to see if the drive is shown as "removable" or not.
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  9. Posts : 144
    Windows 10 Home 64bit Version 22H2
    Thread Starter
       #9

    I run Windows 10 Home so no Bitlocker option
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  10. Posts : 144
    Windows 10 Home 64bit Version 22H2
    Thread Starter
       #10

    I'm running SFC at present so I'll see if it turns anything up

    Run SFC Command in Windows 10
    Last edited by Brink; 28 Aug 2019 at 09:09. Reason: added tutorial link for more info
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