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Published: June 22, 2015 | Applies to:

Learn how to restore, when the Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media icon missing from taskbar notifications area in Windows XP or later.

Whenever we plug-in a hardware device to Windows system, the Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media option becomes active. This option is operated via Windows Explorer and using it, we can safely stop the data transfer between the connected device and computer. Using this option, we can safely eject media and hence can save both device and computer from any damage.

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Sometimes, it may happen that you’ll no longer able to spot Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media icon in taskbar. In such a case, you can’t safely eject the connected device and this could ruin the device and machine. So in order to solve this problem, you need to restore the missing icon.

FIX : Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media Icon Missing In Windows

Here are the two ways, you can use to solve this issue:

WAY – 1 : Restore Using Notification Area Icons Window

1. Click on the upward arrow/triangle icon in taskbar notifications are and click Customize.

FIX Safely Remove Hardware And Eject Media Icon Missing In Windows

2. Next, in the Notification Area Icons window shown below, scroll down and look for Windows Explorer – Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media and select Show icon and notifications against it.

FIX Safely Remove Hardware And Eject Media Icon Missing In Windows

Click OK and check the taskbar notifications area. Thus missing Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media icon may be restored by now:

FIX Safely Remove Hardware And Eject Media Icon Missing In Windows

In case if this didn’t worked for you, refer the WAY – 2 discussed below.

WAY – 2 Access The Safely Remove Hardware Window Using Command

1. Press Windows Key + R and type input following command in the Run dialog box, click OK:

RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll

FIX Safely Remove Hardware And Eject Media Icon Missing In Windows

2. Step 1 results in appearing of below shown Safely Remove Hardware window. Hence, using this window, you can easily hit Stop button to collapse data transfer and eject the device safely.

FIX Safely Remove Hardware And Eject Media Icon Missing In Windows

3. In case, if you often face the problem of Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media icon missing, you should create a shortcut to above shown window. For this, go to Desktop and do a right click and select New -> Shortcut.

FIX Safely Remove Hardware And Eject Media Icon Missing In Windows

4. Moving on, in the Create Shortcut window, type shortcut target location as RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll and click Next.

FIX Safely Remove Hardware And Eject Media Icon Missing In Windows

5. Finally, name this shortcut as whatever you like, for example : Safely Remove Hardware. Click Finish.

FIX Safely Remove Hardware And Eject Media Icon Missing In Windows

In this way, your new shortcut is ready and you can use it to bring Safely Remove Hardware window, whenever you need.

That’s it! Don’t forgot to learn how to change drive icons in File Explorer for Windows 8 or later.


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