What is Safely Remove Hardware?
Safely Remove Hardware allows you to unplug or disconnect the removable storage to prevent accidental data loss if the data were still being copied or saved to or from the device. Those who use a USB thumb drive use the Safely Remove Hardware icon each time to remove the thumb drive. You can disconnect the device safely without using the Safely Remove Hardware notification icon if you have the removal policy for a device set to quick removal.
Moreover, You need to be more careful if you have enabled the Write-caching policy, and you must use the Safely Remove Hardware option to disconnect the device safely without any data loss.
You can curtail the Safely Remove Hardware procedure if you regularly use external USB devices and want to use the shortcut instead of going every time notification area to remove hardware safely.
This risewindows article will guide you on how you can create a Safely Remove Hardware shortcut on Windows 11/10.
How to Generate a “Safely Remove Hardware” Shortcut on Windows 11/10?
Follow the below-mentioned steps to make a Safely Remove Hardware shortcut on Windows 11/10:-
Step 1. You need to right-click or press and hold (for touchscreen device) on an empty area on your desktop and click/tap on
Step 2. Next, paste the following code in the “Create Shortcut” dialog box that opens:-
%windir%\System32\rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll
Step 3. After that, click on the
Step 4. Then, type
Step 5. Now, a shortcut with Safely Remove Hardware is created on the desktop.
Step 6. Next, perform a right-click or press and hold on the new Safely Remove Hardware shortcut, and click/tap on the
Step 7. After that, click or tap on the
Step 8. Then, click/tap on the
Step 9. Now, press
Note: You can press any other key in place of
Step 10. Next, click/tap
Note: You can launch the Safely Remove Hardware window by pressing the
Step 11. If you want to change the, Safely Remove Hardware shortcut icon in step 9, click on the
Step 12. After that, browse and select
Step 13. Then, select any icon from the list and click on the
Step 14. Now, click/tap
Step 15. Next, Safely Remove Hardware shortcut icon changes.
Note: Right-click on it and select the
Step 16. After that, double-click on the newly created shortcut to launch the Safely Remove Hardware window.
Step 17. Then, select the USB pen drive entry in the Hardware devices section and click the
Step 18. In the next window, again select the USB drive letter-number entry and click the
Step 19. You should see a message on the bottom right-side corner of the Windows Taskbar “Safe to Remove Hardware.”
Now you can remove your USB pen drive safely.
The above steps will help you remove your USB hardware safely if your Windows 11/10 PC, the “Safely remove hardware” icon, disappeared.