I have just built a system but there is a constant "safely remove hardware" icon in the notification area. When I click on it, the hardware that it has as options to turn off, are the main hardrive and the DVD writer??
If you look at the drives properties and look at the policies tab there is something there that I think is connected.
I Built another system last week, but this one doesn't have the same problem, and under the policies tab of this one the those options are greyed out. I think it must be a miss configuration somewhere, but not sure where.
SATA drives are hot plugable and as such the icon will be there if there is a SATA device attached. For USB devices it is a matter of selecting the device you wish to remove from the list and click on Stop