Safely remove hardware problem

  ned3110 20:09 26 Jun 2008


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??

How can I rectify this?


  grey george 21:16 26 Jun 2008

What os?
What type of drives? sata or ide
This is often shown for usb devices could this be a bios error?

  woodchip 21:26 26 Jun 2008

You must have got a card reader or some such that connects to usb Header on the mobo

  ned3110 21:58 26 Jun 2008

Im running Vista with SATA drives.

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.

  grey george 22:12 26 Jun 2008

More info here
click here
not sure you would wish to remove the icon if you have other usb items

  Ditch999 23:08 26 Jun 2008

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

  ambra4 03:56 27 Jun 2008

You can disable the hot swap feature on your hard disk since you will not be swapping it out.

To do this, go to you device manager and select properties of your SATA HDDs.

Next select the policies tab and choose the option that reads optimise for quick removal.

I think there is a tick box etc, untick it.

You may have to reboot.

If that don’t work try this

The problem lies in the drivers installed from the mobo set-up disc

Go to "add/remove" and uninstall the ide drivers loaded by the set-up disc

and let windows use its own set of device drivers to handle it.

This will fix the problem with the Sata drives appearing in the taskbar

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