With the external drive plugged in, right click the drive in the folders list, then left click Properties > Hardware. Left Click the name of the external drive in this list, then click Properties > Policies. This takes you to the "Write caching and safe removal page". The default position in my XP is "Optimize for quick removal" not "Optimize for performance" as implied by Freecom and Microsoft. You can put the icon in the notification area by clicking the underlined "Safely Remove Hardware" on this page.