Is there a way to always have the "Safely Remove Hardware"

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  1. Posts : 61,923
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
       #11

    ChuckLennon said:
    Hello guys, is there a way to always have the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon in the notification tray ?
    Using some regedit key or something ?
    Thanks in advance and have a nice day
    Hello Chuck, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    If you like, you can use the tutorial below to create a "Safely Remove Hardware" shortcut that can be pinned to the taskbar or where you like.

    Create Safely Remove Hardware shortcut in Windows 10
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  2. Posts : 6
    Windows 10 Entreprise and Pro x64
    Thread Starter
       #12

    So I've learned about ImDisk but in fact it doesn't show in the tray icon's list that there is a fake external usb device

    Also, i'm thankful for all of this, but I don't want to use any other software, I want the windows one to be there ^^'
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  3. Posts : 35,586
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #13

    Perhaps you could have a word with Satya Nadella? Feel free to express your need for an option for it to be there via the Feedback Hub app.
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  4. Posts : 6
    Windows 10 Entreprise and Pro x64
    Thread Starter
       #14

    Thanks Brink too, but I didn't want a shortcut but the tray icon to stay in the stray notification area, no matter what
    I'll just try to get a fake usb device
    thanks for the help anyway ^^
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  5. Posts : 12,487
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
       #15

    It doesn't have to be a fake device, I'd just use my smallest USB Thumb drive, keep it plugged into a rear USB port, out of sight out of mind. Anything less than 1GB is pretty much not used nowadays but for the desired purpose would be fine. Notebooks are a different issue as they are more limited in the number of ports on them.
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  6. Posts : 11,654
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H2 Build 19044.1776
       #16

    Chuck,

    If you have an SD card slot then you could keep a card in it to force the icon to appear all the time. It would be out of your way so wouldn't be awkward.

    I do this with my laptops, tablet & desktop and I make use of the SD card as an 'interim' backup location.

    Denis
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  7. Posts : 56,117
    Multi-boot Windows 10/11 - RTM, RP, Beta, and Insider
       #17

    If you leave something plugged in to "fake it out", careful what you click when you have something real to eject.

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  8. Posts : 6
    Windows 10 Entreprise and Pro x64
    Thread Starter
       #18

    Thanks guys, every suggestion of yours is pure gold and still good, i'm sorry to say I'm not satisfied with an intermediate solution...
    But I'll just close that post if I'm annoying you, as it is not my goal and I still feel unsatisfied after all these solutions

    In fact, after some deeper searches, I've found that it is not possible for now, maybe except using a Visual Studio tool.

    Letting the icon in the system tray doesn't seem possible either, which totally disappoints me

    - - - Updated - - -

    Thanks everybody for your help and concern, I really appreciate it and I am grateful !
    Have a blessed day and thanks again, what I asked for is not possible (yet), but you offered some really nice alternatives !
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  9. Posts : 1,806
    Windows 10 Pro 21H1 19043.1348
       #19

    ChuckLennon said:
    Thanks Brink too, but I didn't want a shortcut but the tray icon to stay in the stray notification area, no matter what
    I'll just try to get a fake usb device
    thanks for the help anyway ^^

    FYI, I used option 1 of Brink's tutorial above. Opened the zip file, opened the file and pinned to my taskbar. I have yet to figure out how to slide it to the right and into the official notification area but this looks pretty close to me. YMMV


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    PS; I still prefer to use Windows Explorer to eject usb devices. On average, I find it just provides better success for ejecting than other methods.
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  10. Posts : 61,923
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
       #20

    W10 Tweaker said:
    FYI, I used option 1 of Brink's tutorial above. Opened the zip file, opened the file and pinned to my taskbar. I have yet to figure out how to slide it to the right and into the official notification area but this looks pretty close to me. YMMV
    I suppose you could create a new folder somewhere you want to keep it saved at, place the Safely Remove Hardware shortcut in it, then add this new folder as a toolbar with it on the right side next to the notification area. You can have the toolbar show only the icon of the shortcut.

    Add Toolbars to Taskbar in Windows 10
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