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safely remove hardware icon doesn't work windows 7


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Hi All,


I have a problem in windows 7 pro 64 bit. The icon for safely removing hardware doesn't work anymore. When I click on it nothing happens.

I tried the -  RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll  - workaround but all I get from that is a message that the usb device is not removable.


Any ideas what could be the problem.




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The one in questin is a Seagate Black Armour external drive which I have been using for over a year with no problems. It is set as Fast Removal (Standard). 

I have had no problems in the past, and I can't pinpoint when the icon stopped working. It used to work with usb sticks etc. but not anymore. I have the feeling that 

a Windows update might have caused it, but I can't imagine which one.

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It could be a program you have installed is causing the problem. Take a look at any recently installed programs and see if there are any that might change how external drives are used. I did a little research and found (for example) that sometimes Acronis software can cause similar issues.

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