Safely Remove USB Drive

1. Before disconnecting a device from your computer, it is essential to first prepare Windows for the change using the built in feature. Doing so ensures Windows has stored any data back on the device and released the device from its hold. If you remove the device without using the Safely Remove Hardware feature, you run the risk of damaging your files and corrupting your data.

Click the Safely Remove Hardware icon in the notification area (as shown below)


then click your device.


Wait until a message pops up. If the message says "Safe to Remove Hardware," remove the hardware (USB Device).

2. If the message that pops up tells you that "This device is currently in use," or the Safely Remove Hardware ICON is Missing from the notification area in the taskbar, they try restarting Windows Explorer. Open Task Manager and go to Process Tab, Scroll down to close to the bottom of the list and find WINDOWS EXPLORE.  Click on it and in the bottom right corner click on RESTART.  Now go back and click on the Safely Remove Hardware ICON.

3. If Restarting Windows Explorer does not work the try this:

Press Windows key and R to open Run. Enter the following command into Run, and press Enter:
RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll
This will open Safely Remove Hardware dialog, from this dialog, you can select the device you want to remove, and remove it, by clicking on Stop. You can copy and paste the above command into RUN.

We hope that this problem will not happen more than once, but if it does happen again, you can create a Desktop shortcut to Safely Remove Hardware dialog, so you do not have to launch it from Run every time. To create this shortcut, just follow the instructions:
Right-click on Desktop, and go to New Shortcut
Enter the following location of the shortcut:
RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll
Click Next, and rename it to Safely Remove Hardware
Click Finish

4. If all the above steps fail, just turn off your computer.


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