Safely Remove Hardware item removal

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by ElementalDragon, Jan 10, 2006.

  1. ElementalDragon

    ElementalDragon The One and Only

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    hard to tell which topic this would be better under...... Windows Desktop, or Windows Drivers.... but Desktop seemed a tad more appropriate.

    Anyone know if there's a way to remove choices from the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon that sits in the system tray? i know that [sarcasm] SOOOOOO many people use a SATA hard drive as a means of mass portable storage [/sarcasm], but i'd rather not have my hard drive listed there..... not that i go to disconnect my GMini, and accidentally click on my hard drive. would probably not end too well......
     
  2. VenomXt

    VenomXt Blame me for the RAZR's Folding Team

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    it wont dissconnect that stuff anyways. i tried once hehe.
     
  3. ElementalDragon

    ElementalDragon The One and Only

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    heh. still would be nice to be able to remove it from the list though..... would also get rid of the icon in the systray when i don't have the gmini attached...
     
  4. Aprox

    Aprox Moderator Political User

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    Right Click Task Bar > Properties > Customize

    From here find the item called "Safely Remove Hardware" and change its Behavior to "Always Hide"

    And thats it and thats all :D
     
  5. madmatt

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    He doesn't want to remove the icon from the tray, he wants to remove an item from appearing in its list of available items to disconnect.
     
  6. ElementalDragon

    ElementalDragon The One and Only

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    yep..... what he said ^^^^
     
  7. Johnny

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    Isn't there a reg hack for that ???
     
  8. madmatt

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    I honestly don't think there is a way of doing it. When you unplug a device and then plug it in again it is going to re-add itself regardless if it is a registry change or an INI file.
     
  9. mlakrid

    mlakrid OSNN BASSMASTER Political User Folding Team

    but like you already noted, he NEVER wants to disconnect it...

    I would agree with johnny, there should be a reg hack to do this...

    /goes to investigate...
     
  10. madmatt

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    When you restart the PC it will reconnect and therefore re-add itself.
     
  11. mlakrid

    mlakrid OSNN BASSMASTER Political User Folding Team

    so a removable item, always removes/adds itself every time you turn your PC on/off??

    that seems a bit overkill to me, it seems to make more sense to only make those changes and/or additions if the device is removed?

    :rolleyes:
     
  12. madmatt

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    I guess it depends on the motherboard. Older motherboards don't see USB devices during boot up.

    Regardless, that icon doesn't load until such a device is loaded. And Windows doesn't load that device until it boots (that's what I mean by re-adding itself).

    I looked every where, including the registry and I can't find any thing. I believe it's built in and can't be changed.
     
  13. Admiral Michael

    Admiral Michael Michaelsoft Systems CEO Folding Team

    Hmm....

    http://www.safelyremove.com/

    I never safely remove USB sticks and such.

    EDIT. Ok, that program isnt free and it also has a process that runs to hide the icon.
     
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  14. madmatt

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    Admiral, it depends on the settings you use for the device.

    i.e. optimize for removal or performance. If you have it optimized for performance you should ALWAYS safely remove it.
     
  15. Admiral Michael

    Admiral Michael Michaelsoft Systems CEO Folding Team

    Meh, never had any problems.
     
  16. Son Goku

    Son Goku No lover of dogma

    What he said, except for one slight difference...

    The BIOS that comes with my motherboard does include a boot USB item for both USB CD-Roms as well as for USB hard drives. So, theoretically one could install Windows to boot off of the USB drive, in which case being able to remove the system drive from inside Windows would be kind of silly. Never tried installing it there however.

    I would suspect a registry change might be possible also, but can't confirm from first hand experience. I can confirm however my BIOS containing the ability to set a USB drive as the boot drive however...
     
  17. Electronic Punk

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    Thats not the reason they are removable -- its for raid redundancy and hot swapping.
     
  18. Son Goku

    Son Goku No lover of dogma

    Yeah, it could make sense for RAID 1 or RAID 5, (ditto on RAID 0, or stripe sets, which include no reduncdency), but the original poster seems to only have 1 SATA HD, looking back at his original post.

    One couldn't exactly setup a RAID with just 1 drive, and as such, I could see him wanting to remove this from the list.

    BTW, this might take a bit more research... I checked online and found many things but how to do this. I opened up registry editor, searched the word safely, and none of the instances seemed to be part of anything we need. At least not in a plain text readable format as such. Perhaps someone will come accross this.
     
  19. ElementalDragon

    ElementalDragon The One and Only

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    yeah..... seems like that's one more of many things MS made a royal pain in the arse to do..... and yes, i have but one SATA hard drive (maybe have 2 soon.... but probably still won't be a RAID array)
     
  20. Aprox

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    After my initial incorrect post I did some thinking of how it would be possible and I think I came across an idea.

    I currently do not have my Raid controller drivers installed and my two sata drives dont show up in the hardware removal thing. This tells me its a driver thing, so if you absolutely need the raid drivers install maybe if you tweak an ini or similar you can make it so it wont show up.

    I am going to install my raid drivers right now and test this theory out... hopfully I dont break something :p