Safely Remove Hardware Icon disappears

  1. Posts : 114
    Windows 10 Pro

    Safely Remove Hardware Icon disappears

    When, while in my user account, I mount two external drives on my pc, the Safely Remove Hardware icon appears in the Taskbar.

    If I eject one drive, the Safely Remove Hardware icon often, not always, disappears. The icon is still visible if I click the upward arrow in the Taskbar, but I can't do anything with the icon. How can I now eject the second external drive?

    If I log into my administrator account, the Safely Remove Hardware icon is visible in the Taskbar and I can eject the second external drive. I do not really want to have to switch to accounts just to remove the second the drive.

    How can I eject more than one external drive without losing the Safely Remove Hardware icon in the Taskbar?
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  2. Posts : 69,289
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations

    Hello battlezone,

    If you like, you could create a "Safely Remove Hardware" shortcut and "Pin to taskbar" it to always have available.

    Create Safely Remove Hardware shortcut in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials
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  3. Posts : 43,190
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)

    You might like to try these: (I've not experienced your problem, and use USB Safely Remove (giveaway/licensed) ).

    3 Free USB Safely Remove Freeware Alternatives

    Note this comments on exactly what you are experiencing and on the program I use, in passing:
    5 Free Tools To Eject USB Removable Devices • Raymond.CC
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  4. Posts : 114
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for the suggestions. I created the Safely Remove Hardware shortcut and pinned it to the Taskbar. Seems to work. However, I do not get a confirmation when it's really safe to unplug or to turn off he hard drive. Luckily this drive has a status LED that goes out once the drive has stopped.
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