Safely Remove Hardware

By TimeParadoX
Feb 24, 2008
  1. I'm having a problem with the Safely Remove Hardware icon in the toolbar, it apparently thinks my Hard Drive / CD drive are "Removable hardware" and it has them located in there, so if I accidently click it, it will close my Hard Drive or CD drive which is very annoying.

    Is there a way to remove this Icon without having to unplug these Hardware?

    Here's what the Icon looks like and what it shows when you click it.


    It's the Green one with the Arrow thing.
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    If you have a Nforce4 Based Motherboard and your sata drives are showing up in Safely Remove Hardware, this registry hack will allow you to fix it.

    1. Click Start -> Run
    2. Execute regedit
    3. Navigate to


    4. Click Edit
    5. Select New > DWORD value
    6. Name this DWORD: DisableRemovable
    7. Double click this new DWORD and set its value to one (1).
    8. Close Regedit and reboot

    Stupid message "safely remove hardware", can't be removed even if you tried !
  3. wii-ste

    wii-ste TS Rookie Posts: 163

    The reason that they are showing as removable devices is probably because they are connected via SATA. You can plugin-in/unplug SATA devices while the computer is running, so the safely remove hardware icon is shown in case you want to do that.

    As for removing the icon, I can't think of a way off-hand to do it.
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,311   +617

    just pretend it's not there -- it does no harm if you leave it alone :)
  5. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 2,273

    Thanks Kimsland, that fixed it. :)
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Thanks for the update
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