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Thomas Jerkins
17-07-2005, 11:03 PM
The normal way to unplug USB devices from computers is:
- to right click on the USB icon in the Systray
"Unplug or eject Hardware"
- to select the hardware device
- to click on the button "Stop"
- to confirm the unplugging
- to confirm the message window "The device can now be safely removed from the system"

Hmm, rather unconvenient all these steps.
Isn't there a shorter way to unplug USB devices?

I want a dropdown unplug menu, a click that's it!

Maybe there is a 3rd party utility for this purpose?

Tom

Ext User(Yblitzka)
28-07-2005, 02:03 AM
Actually you should be able to left click on the "Safely Remove Hardware"
icon in the system tray. That will bring up all the devices that you can
remove (usb devices included). Click on the one you want to remove, and a
message box will pop up soon after saying it's safe to unplug it. I've never
used the long method - I'm impatient.

~Yb

"Thomas Jerkins" wrote:

> The normal way to unplug USB devices from computers is:
> - to right click on the USB icon in the Systray
> "Unplug or eject Hardware"
> - to select the hardware device
> - to click on the button "Stop"
> - to confirm the unplugging
> - to confirm the message window "The device can now be safely removed from the system"
>
> Hmm, rather unconvenient all these steps.
> Isn't there a shorter way to unplug USB devices?
>
> I want a dropdown unplug menu, a click that's it!
>
> Maybe there is a 3rd party utility for this purpose?
>
> Tom
>
>

Ext User(mary)
16-08-2005, 06:03 AM
I have an external hard drive that requires me to actually use the the eject
hardware feature in the system tray. The problem is...the icon's not there
to use it!! How do I get the icon there to safely remove the hardware? I
have windows xp.

"Thomas Jerkins" wrote:

> The normal way to unplug USB devices from computers is:
> - to right click on the USB icon in the Systray
> "Unplug or eject Hardware"
> - to select the hardware device
> - to click on the button "Stop"
> - to confirm the unplugging
> - to confirm the message window "The device can now be safely removed from the system"
>
> Hmm, rather unconvenient all these steps.
> Isn't there a shorter way to unplug USB devices?
>
> I want a dropdown unplug menu, a click that's it!
>
> Maybe there is a 3rd party utility for this purpose?
>
> Tom
>
>

Ext User(3c273)
16-08-2005, 07:03 AM
Piggybacking on someone else's reply (didn't see original post),

> > Hmm, rather unconvenient all these steps.
> > Isn't there a shorter way to unplug USB devices?

Left click on tray icon and select device to unplug. (Two clicks.)
Louis

Ext User(Gary Chanson)
16-08-2005, 07:13 AM
"mary" <mary@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:173DD90F-43E0-444B-8A06-48BB98D0CED8@microsoft.com...
> I have an external hard drive that requires me to actually use the the
eject
> hardware feature in the system tray. The problem is...the icon's not
there
> to use it!! How do I get the icon there to safely remove the hardware? I
> have windows xp.

Does it show up in the list you get when you run "Add/Remove Hardware"
from the control panel and select "Uninstall/Unplug a device" followed by
"Unplug/Eject a device"?

You should be able to use Microsoft's deveject program (which I think is
part of the Resource Kit).

--
- Gary Chanson (Windows SDK MVP)
- Abolish Public Schools

Ext User(Evolution54)
16-08-2005, 05:03 PM
mary Wrote:
> I have an external hard drive that requires me to actually use the the
> eject
> hardware feature in the system tray. The problem is...the icon's not
> there
> to use it!! How do I get the icon there to safely remove the hardware?
> I
> have windows xp.
>
> "Thomas Jerkins" wrote:
> -
> The normal way to unplug USB devices from computers is:
> - to right click on the USB icon in the Systray
> "Unplug or eject Hardware"
> - to select the hardware device
> - to click on the button "Stop"
> - to confirm the unplugging
> - to confirm the message window "The device can now be safely removed
> from the system"
>
> Hmm, rather unconvenient all these steps.
> Isn't there a shorter way to unplug USB devices?
>
> I want a dropdown unplug menu, a click that's it!
>
> Maybe there is a 3rd party utility for this purpose?
>
> Tom
>
> -

Another way to remove an USB device if you don't have the icon on the
taskbar is to go to Control Panel, and then Add/Remove Hardware icon.
Click on the second option (uninstall/Unplug a device), hit next and
the choose the second option again on the next window (unplug/eject a
device). The next window should show you your USB device and you can
now remove it. Yes, I know, this is not an EASIER way to remove it but
will work none the less. Visit this site, it might help you more.
http://tinyurl.com/4kb8m


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Evolution54

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