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    I frequently backup files to a USB stick; in order to remove the stick, I click on the 'safely remove hardware' applet on the system tray. It has happened a few times that the applet has disappeared, and in these cases, removing the stick will cause a BSOD. How can I get the applet to reappear? Of course I have clicked on the arrow button in order to display all the applets.

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    As an alternative, if you locate the drive in Windows Explorer, right-click and select 'Eject':

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    Go to Device Manager in the Computer Management applet in Control Panel.

    Scroll down until you find the USB stick.

    Right-click on in & choose Uninstall.

    A bit long-winded: but it should work without fail.
    Gre

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    There's a more advanced version of the SRH shareware utility that might be a viable substitute. http://download.cnet.com/USB-Safely-...html?tag=mncol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noam Newman View Post
    I frequently backup files to a USB stick; in order to remove the stick, I click on the 'safely remove hardware' applet on the system tray. It has happened a few times that the applet has disappeared, and in these cases, removing the stick will cause a BSOD.
    Several members have provided work-arounds, which is great. But why would this happen? Surely it shouldn't, particularly to cause a BSOD. Sounds to me that we should be trying to identify the cause, rather than a 'band aid.'

    Chris

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    In the past I have tried 'eject' but that didn't work. At the moment, the stick is out, so I can't try your recommendations. I'm printing out this thread and will keep it by my computer, so that I will know what to try the next time I have the problem.

    No'am

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    Chris is right but a fix may involve some "shotgun" tactics. If a replacement utility will work without causing a blue screen and not affect any other processes, that's a good permanent patch, not just a band aid and the first course of action. Get out the heavy equipment only if needed.

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    Easy solution is to make a shortcut on the desktop. Right click anywhere on the desktop, click on <New>, click on <Shortcut>.
    Copy and paste or carefully type the following into the box: RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll
    Click <Next>, type a name into the box. (I use "safe removal").
    Click <Finish>

    This will give you a permanent desktop shortcut icon that runs the dll necessary to get the safe removal function

    Harvey

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harvey Altstadter View Post
    Easy solution is to make a shortcut on the desktop. Right click anywhere on the desktop, click on <New>, click on <Shortcut>.
    Copy and paste or carefully type the following into the box: RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll
    Click <Next>, type a name into the box. (I use "safe removal").
    Click <Finish>

    This will give you a permanent desktop shortcut icon that runs the dll necessary to get the safe removal function

    Harvey


    Very useful tip Harvey,i just created that shortcut on my desktop. Thank you.

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