Safely Remove Hardware Option in Windows® 7
What is Safely Remove Hardware option in Windows 7?
Safely Remove Hardware is an advanced feature in Windows Operating Systems. The 'Safely Remove Hardware' option is used to detach the removable drives that contain a file that also exists in the hard drive. These files are very small and use a FAT 16 type. In such drivers, files work depending upon some commands. The data in these drives will be corrupted if the writing process is not completed successfully due to the power loss. The 'Safely remove hardware' option lets you complete reading or writing process in these drives completely and you will not find any data in them. When the tasks in these drives are completed, then the Operating System will remove these drives from the system and will display a pop-up message.
Following are some of the issues that might arise while using the 'Safely Remove Hardware' option in Windows 7 system:
- Icon missing
- Error messages
- Could not stop the icon
The 'Safely Remove Hardware' option might disappear from the system. This is one of the common issues that come up with the 'Safely Remove Hardware' option in Windows 7. Corruption in the drive is the main reason for this issue. This drive corruption also could corrupt other files. This icon also will disappear if any changes occur in the settings in the system. if the 'Hide' option for this 'Safely Remove Hardware' is enabled in the system, then you could not see this option. You could manually bring back this option by using the command prompt method. RunDll32.exe shell32.dll. Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll is the command used to bring back the safe remove option. If the 'Always Hide' option is enabled in the 'Safely Remove Hardware' option, then you could disable this in the Taskbar properties.
Sometimes, you could see some sort of error messages while using the 'Safely Remove Hardware' option. “Generic volume cannot be stopped at this time, please try again later” is one of such error messages that will arise when you try to stop the USB. This mainly occurs if any of the applications in that device is used by any other applications. So, you need to check that case first and if any such applications are in the running stage, you need to stop them to stop the device correctly.
Sometimes, you could not stop the 'Safely Remove Hardware' icon in the normal way. This also has the same reason as in the error messages. If the system contains any of the malwares, that also will block proper working of the safely remove option. The applications in the device might be used by those malwares and this is for disabling of the 'Safely Remove Hardware' option.
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