Can't they provide an option to remove "Safely Remove Hardware"?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Cat, Feb 14, 2007.

  1. Cat

    Cat Guest

    Recently, more and more people become to use SATAII hard disks which
    are permanently attached to their systems, and I'm one of them. For
    Windows Vista, I expected some improvements but the "Safely Remove
    Hardware" is just the same as that of Windows XP. I never need to open
    the "Safely Remove Hardware" but I sometimes accidentally double click
    on it when I actually wanted to double click another icon. Then for
    about 5 seconds the mouse cursor for the desktop shows the

    Probably somebody might answer, go to the properties of the taskbar
    and choose always hide, but that results in an unwanted expansion (<)
    button. I've even found that somebody is selling a program to hide
    this "Safely Remove Hardware" icon. If Microsoft just add a simple
    option "Hide icon", then we don't have to waste our money to buy such
    a program. Network icon, Volume icon and even the clock are all
    hidable and why isn't it?

    Can't Microsoft add the option to hide it or at least an option not to
    notify for permanently attached SATA II disks (that actually can never
    be safely removed) such as C?
    Cat, Feb 14, 2007
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  2. Cat

    RickH Guest

    How is the disk attached to the system? It sounds like it is using a usb to
    sata adapter. If so this is why the safely remove icon exists. On my system I
    run an SATA II drive that is connected directly to the motherboard controller
    and I do not have a safely remove icon for it. I do have one for my USB
    drives though and if I recall right there was one for the usb to sata adapter
    I used for a short time. (I removed it after 2 days since it was causing
    hardware conflicts)
    RickH, Feb 15, 2007
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  3. Cat

    Cat Guest

    No, my disk is not connected through a usb adapter. It is directly
    connected to a SATA port on the motherboard. I heard that if you
    connect an SATA II disk using AHCI mode (which is the native mode of
    SATA disks), Windows shows Safely Remove Hardware icon, because AHCI
    supports removal of disks while the system is running (called 'Hot
    swap'). But as I already wrote, a disk with the system drive (C) ,
    cannot be removed while Windows is running. That's why I said Windows
    should not show the icon for the system disk.
    Cat, Feb 15, 2007
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