Safely Remove Hardware icon with nothing plugged in, shows 3 dots(...)

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  1. Posts : 17,831
    Windows 10
       #11

    DavidsNeD88 said:
    Hi,

    I have been having the same kind of 'safely remove hardware icon not going away' issue you used to have before. I have been struggling to fix the issue for a while but couldn't find the cause of the problem.
    Tried in device manager with the drivers of my card reader for example.

    Is there a way you could help me out with this?

    I would appreciate any help or advice.

    Thank you!
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  2. Posts : 48
    Windows of various sorts
    Thread Starter
       #12

    I'm sure that's possible but it's not a solution.
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  3. Posts : 13
    Windows 10
       #13

    I tried with disabling it before but it did not solve it. At the moment however there is an option only for Uninstalling it and in its Properties-General tab says its not connected to the computer.

    Edit: At the normal Win10 settings 'Select which icons appear on the taskbar' it is greyed out and already turned off.
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  4. Posts : 48
    Windows of various sorts
    Thread Starter
       #14

    Then I doubt the problem has anything to do with the card reader. It might your hard drive(s). Is your laptop running the default Microsoft AHCI/SATA drivers?
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  5. Posts : 13
    Windows 10
       #15

    I assume yes. I have not installed it manually. Under 'IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers' there is 'Standard SATA AHCI Controller'.
    My SSD and HDD are working fine though and they don't show in the Safely Remove Hardware icon (only the 3 dots).
    I find it strange since I did not have this issue on Windows 7 before.
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  6. Posts : 48
    Windows of various sorts
    Thread Starter
       #16

    Try installing the Intel SATA AHCI drivers. You might be able to find them on the appropriate web page for your Lenovo laptop model.
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  7. Posts : 13
    Windows 10
       #17

    yogalD said:
    Try installing the Intel SATA AHCI drivers. You might be able to find them on the appropriate web page for your Lenovo laptop model.
    Oh thank you So much for your help yogaID! Your guess was good! I was able to find a driver on the Intel Download Center for my Intel(R) 7 Series Chipset Family SATA AHCI Controller and, when I updated it in Device Manager and performed a restart, the icon FINALLY disappeared.
    I don't know why I only concentrated on the card reader. :)

    How can these little things be so frustrating.

    Anyway here is the link for the drivers for anyone's reference. I don't know why but for me the latest version that the Device Manager accepted was 12.9.0.1001. from 2013. :O

    Downloads for IntelĀ® Rapid Storage Technology (IntelĀ® RST)

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  8. Posts : 13
    Windows 10
       #18

    Do you think I can update these drivers manually by just copying the .sys driver file to the 'windows/system32/drivers/' folder? (so i can try the latest version)
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  9. Posts : 48
    Windows of various sorts
    Thread Starter
       #19

    I wouldn't risk replacing system files like that. Glad to have been of assistance :)
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  10. Posts : 17,831
    Windows 10
       #20

    If all else fails, you could save the following as a .bat and put it in your Startup folder:

    reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Applets\SysTray" /v "Services" /t reg_dword /d 29 /f
    systray


    (Not a solution either, but.......)
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