safe to remove hardware notification not popping

March 3, 2017 at 05:39:29
Specs: winxp_pro_sp_3, dual core/2gb
Hello, I'm using windows 10 64bit Home. My safe to remove icon is in the taskbar. But when I click on it to remove hardware, I don't get the confirmation pop up message "safe to remove hardware" anymore.Any thoughts...Thanks in advance.

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#1
March 3, 2017 at 06:28:34
It may depend on what device you are using. For example, if you plug in a Flash Drive or a portable hard drive then you must use the safe to remove hardware. If you are plugging in a cell phone or camera you may or may not get the safe to remove hardware since you are not accessing the hard drive directly but through the devices processor. If you plug in nearly any other non-drive device (external DVD player, network adapter, etc.) you will not get the safe to remove icon because it is not needed.
If you are using an external drive and do not get the safe to remove hardware then you may have a problem. Try shutting down the computer first, then unplugging any external power for the device, then unplugging the device. Restart the computer and when fully up try plugging in the device again and see if the icon appears. If not then repeat above to remove the device safely and let us know.

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March 3, 2017 at 06:38:08
@Fingers..Thanks for your reply. But the icon is there, I have no problem with that. Just the pop up notification doesn't appear after safely ejecting the device(flash drive or any device) in my case. It used to but not anymore.

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March 27, 2017 at 16:27:11
Having the same problem I think it happened after a windows update. I am running windows 10 32bit
I have other 64 bit machines and the notification pop up is there
AND I HAVE THE ICON just no confirmation to safely remove device
It doesn't make any difference USB Thumb drive or Hard drive
USB 2 and USB 3 ports

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#4
March 27, 2017 at 19:18:53
For external drives, some piece of software is holding onto the device, and ignoring your disconnect request. I typically see it when someone opened some document on the drive but forgot to close the program afterwards, or when the antivirus is acting up.

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