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post #1 of 22
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Everytime I startup my computer, this 'Safely Remove Hardware' icon keeps showing up on my taskbar. Its always there, and I've found it impossible to get rid of. Here are a couple of screenshots so you guys can see what I'm talking about. When it is opened up, it asks to remove my hard drive, which makes no sense to me at all. Any ideas guys? Thanks.




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what is the st3300822as?? Because when windows loads the drivers for some generic devices then it puts that icon up like if you use a generic usb hub
~~edit~~ that way windows removes the item "IT" installed since it doesn't have a uninstaller
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post #3 of 22
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That must be my external hard drive. Every time I try to 'stop' the device, it says I can't and to try later. What can I do? This is quite the irritation.
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If it's a SATA drive, that's normal. All SATA drives are hotswappable...so you can take them out while the comptuer is on, as long as you "un-mount" them using "safely remove hardware"

Problem solved.
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post #5 of 22
If you have an external HDD, i don't think you can get rid of the icon. You might be able to hide it though; right click the taskbar, properties, Check off "hide inactive icons" then look for that icon and set it to "always hide." That's the best thing i can think of; sorry.
post #6 of 22
Hi.

Is this your HDD? Barracuda 7200.9 SATA

If so, I think that it is your MBR (Master Boot Record). It is from factory testing. you can update it. Let me see if I can find somthing.

http://www.cyberwalker.com/columns/sep98/090398.html

I had a similar issue with the AMD, no more.
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Originally Posted by Sideburns
If it's a SATA drive, that's normal. All SATA drives are hotswappable...so you can take them out while the comptuer is on, as long as you "un-mount" them using "safely remove hardware"

Problem solved.
Really? I have an eSATA/USB (both) external HDD, and when it's hooked into SATA there's no external device icon. There is, however, when i use the USB capability. Maybe there's another way to remove this icon for an external device?
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Originally Posted by The Hundred Gunner
Really? I have an eSATA/USB (both) external HDD, and when it's hooked into SATA there's no external device icon. There is, however, when i use the USB capability. Maybe there's another way to remove this icon for an external device?

Hmm..I dono. Mine always has that there...
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post #9 of 22
same here, its the sata hdd.
    
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post #10 of 22
Well in anycase, i can tell by the model # that that is a Seagate HDD.
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