1.    23 Jun 2016 #1
    Join Date : Jun 2016
    Posts : 1
    Windows 10

    Not able to safely remove external harrdrive through notification icon

    I'm using a Lenovo yoga 3 pro for the first time, with Windows 10 pre-installed, so I haven't made any changes or updates. The icon in the notification tray for Safely Remove Hardware is there, but when I click (left and right) on it, the external harddrive is listed, but in grey (unclickable) and there is no option to safely remove it. The only other option (in bold, the only clickable thing) is to Open Devices and Printers, where the external harddrive is not listed. (Which is a problem I'd also like to solve.)
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	2016_06_23_12_07_171.png 
Views:	2 
Size:	80.0 KB 
ID:	86456
    I've run "C:\WINDOWS\system32\rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll" and get a message when I try to stop it that says the device "is not removable and cannot be ejected or unplugged". Any ideas? Thanks.
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  2.    23 Jun 2016 #2

    If you do a proper shutdown, the pending writes to the volume will be flushed during that process. Then while the machine is not running you can disconnect the drive, then reboot. If you reattach the drive and still can't use the Safely eject tool, you'll have to take this approach to make sure the volume contents don't get damaged going forward.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


Similar Threads
Thread Forum
Cannot Safely Remove External Drives
Hello all, In recent weeks, it has become impossible for me to safely remove my external drives. (Mostly, I use Western Digital Passports, Passport Ultras, etc). I am using Windows 10. I close all of my programs and folders. I get the...
Drivers and Hardware
Solved Where is the Safely Remove Hardware icon
Hello, I'm new to Windows 10 and to this forum. I can't find the eject hardware icon anywhere. Under windows 7 it was in the system tray at bottom right. Few questions, please: 1. So where is that eject hardware icon? 2. I'm assuming that mice...
Drivers and Hardware
Safely Remove Icon not working properly
Hello Everybody! I'm new here. I just upgraded to Windows 10 1511 (November Update), and saw the new (modernized) Safely Remove icon in the system tray - and the problem, it's not working properly. Here's my screenshot: 48252 Whereas...
Drivers and Hardware
Safely Remove Hardware notification not displayed
When I use the Safely Remove Hardware to remove, for example a USB flash drive, I do not get the notification that the device can be removed. I used to get this in Win 8.1 and I still get it in Win 7. Is there a way to enable the message? (I...
Drivers and Hardware
Windows 10 Safely remove icon
I've tried the usual methods if task bar options etc, no joy. I've also searched online, still no joy!!!! http://forums.anandtech.com/images/smilies/familiar/mad.png Can someone educate me on this please? Thank you, dvtrv
Drivers and Hardware
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:34.
Find Us
Twitter Facebook Google+ Ten Forums iOS App Ten Forums Android App

Windows 10 Forums