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When I ejectect a USB stick using the icon in the system tray (Windows 7) I do not get the message saying 'Safe to remove hardware'. I have to go back and check it has been removed by repeating the process. What is missing?

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Hi JTMC, Welcome to Windowsbbs!

Try enabling the Show System Icons and Notifications Option in Windows 7 and see if that fixes the problem, How to Hide or Show System Icons and Notifications in Windows 7.

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I remove USB memory sticks on a regular daily basis without incurring an error. However having said this, you must wait sufficient time to cover insert or deletion being completed.


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Safe to remove hardware


Thank you for the suggestions. I opted for 'Show all icons and notification', but the 'Safe to remove' window did not show.
I think I will use Bobby Scot's method, waiting until the data transfer is complete.

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JTMC, to ensure that USB memory stick has correctly saved the information, you could always open the USB inquestion and check that information saved is indeed recorded (file name and current date).

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You can also rt click the thumb drive icon in My Computer and select "Eject".

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You can also rt click the thumb drive icon in My Computer and select "Eject".
Thank you. Tried that method also.

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I just make left click the usb device in windows tray (right bottom part of the desktop). Otherwise then you may have driver problem.

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Originally Posted by jaydeee View Post
I just make left click the usb device in windows tray (right bottom part of the desktop). Otherwise then you may have driver problem.
Thank you Have used this.

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Does this issue occur with all thumb drives, or just one in particular? Try other drives and see if the problem persists.

If the problem only happens with one drive, copy the data off of it to the comp, then format the drive, then copy back the data.

Also, some thumb drives come with the U3 software and U3 partition on them. I've found that product to be a nuisance. I always remove it using the U3 removal tool. (your drive does not have to be a Sandisk drive)

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It does occur with all thumb drives. I will use the eject function in future.
Thank you for your help.

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