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    System Tray (XP SP2)

    I have an item in my system tray for "Safely Remove Hardware." How do I get rid of this item. I don't want to get rid of any and I find it irritating.

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    Re: System Tray (XP SP2)

    Right-click on the taskbar. Choose "Properties". Click the "Customize" button in the lower right (in the "Notification Area" section of the dialog). Select that item and adjust the setting in the "Behavior" column.

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    Re: System Tray (XP SP2)

    Hi Fred. Welcome to the Lounge. The "Safely Remove Hardware" refers to a USB device that you have attached to your system. It's most likely a thumb drive or external hard drive or other storage media. Have you recently attached any USB hardware to the system ?? The notification is there to enable you to remove this media safely without the risk of losing or corrupting data on the media. You can of course, just pull the plug and <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16>, which is, for the most part, safe to do. However, to do this "right" you should first right-click on the icon and select "Safely Remove Hardware". This will produce a window from which you should click on "Stop". This generates another window "Stop Hardware Device" with choices for what to stop. If there is a drive letter as one of the choices I've found it best to choose that as opposed to the device itself (See attachment).

    If you don't want to remove anything, then follow the advice in the previous post to "Customize" the Taskbar and set the icon to display only when active or not at all.
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