Here is a command which can bring up the safely remove tool from Windows XP.
Run this command from Run toolbar.
rundll32 shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll
Otherwise, another thing to check is:
Right click on Start Taskbar >> Go to Properties.
Select Always show for safely remove icon.
See screenshot below.
All the best,
Hey, thanks for the reply.
My apologies, I guess I did not explain it well enough.
Fresh install of Win7 64bit.
I have 2 hard drives 1 screwed into a drive bay inside the case, the other inserted into a removable hard drive bay I can externally pull out the hard disk from.
With the default win7 driver the safely remove device icon works and I can ‘eject’ my second drive with out restarting the computer. See pic: http://i40.tinypic.com/351947c.jpg
Install Intel RST 18.104.22.1684 and I no longer have the safely remove icon appear bottom right of screen and thus no way to safely remove my 2nd hard disk without a computer reboot. Instead I get a new icon for the RST I just installed and no where in that program is an equivalent to ‘safely remove devices’ icon. See pic:
I have tried forcing the safely remove device window to be displayed and it has nothing in it. See pic:
If I put in a usb flash drive or such the safely remove icon comes back and works fine for the device I just plugged in but still not for the second hard drive.
Its not the hard drive as I have 8 hard drives I want to swap in and out all different makes and models.
Does the RST automatically do the ejecting now and I can just remove the hard disk drives and insert them again with out damaging them. Or has the RST drivers broken the ability to safely remove my hard drives ?
I am installing Windows 7 64 bit on a new PC and have just had exactly the same experience. A hard drive that I use in a hot swap tray was working fine, and the "Safely Remove" icon would appear, until I got around to installing the RST drivers. After that, it never appeared again. Did you ever solver your problem?