Those who use a USB thumb drive use the Safely Remove Hardware icon each time to remove the thumb drive. Safely Remove Hardware allows you to unplug or disconnect the removable storage to prevent accidental data loss if data were still being copied or saved to or from the device. If you have the removal policy for a device set to quick removal, you can disconnect the device safely without using the Safely Remove Hardware notification icon. However, if you have enabled the Write-catching policy, you need to be more careful, and you must use the Safely Remove Hardware option to disconnect the device safely without any data loss.
If you regularly use external USB devices and want to use the shortcut instead of going every time notification area to remove hardware safely, you can curtail the Safely Remove Hardware procedure. This post will show you how to create a Safely Remove Hardware shortcut in Windows 10.
How to generate a “Safely Remove Hardware” shortcut in Windows 11/10?
To make a Safely Remove Hardware shortcut in Windows 11/10, perform the following steps:-
Step 1. Right-click or press and hold (for touchscreen device) on an empty area on your desktop, and click/tap on
Step 2. In the “Create Shortcut” dialog box that opens, paste the following code:-
%windir%\System32\rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll
Step 3. Click the
Step 4. Type
Step 5. A shortcut with Safely Remove Hardware is created on the desktop.
Step 6. Perform a right-click or press and hold on the new Safely Remove Hardware shortcut, and click/tap on
Step 7. In the Properties dialog box, click or tap on the
Step 8. Click/tap on the
Step 9. Press
Note: You can press any other key in place of S to assign a separate hotkey.
Step 10. Click/tap
Note: You can launch the Safely Remove Hardware window by pressing the
Step 11. If you want to change the Safely Remove Hardware shortcut icon, in step 9 above, click the
Step 12. Browse and select
Step 13. Select any icon from the list and click the
Step 14. Click/tap
Step 15. Safely Remove Hardware shortcut icon changes.
Note: To quickly access this shortcut, right-click on it and select the
Step 16. Double-click the newly created shortcut to launch the Safely Remove Hardware window.
Step 17. Select the USB thumb drive entry in the Hardware devices section and click the
Step 18. In the next window, again select the USB drive letter-number entry and click the
Now you can remove your USB thumb drive safely.
If your Windows 11/10 PC, the “Safely remove hardware” icon, disappeared, the above steps will help you remove your USB hardware safely.