Safely Remove Hardware in Windows 8

Safely Remove Hardware ShortcutWindows 8 Safely Remove Hardware Shortcut

The idea of this tweak is to twofold, to save time removing USB devices, and to make sure you don’t lose data.

The problem is that the icon in the system tray is not easy to see or to use.  Another advantage of a shortcut is that you can use a keyboard sequence to launch the applet.


How to Create a Safely Remove Hardware Shortcut

The idea is to create a shortcut on your desktop which will facilitate the timely removal of device such as a memory stick without corrupting data.

Instructions to Create Shortcut to rundll32.exe:Create Shortcut to Hotplug.dll

This screenshot, below right, is designed to get you started.

  • Right-click on the desktop.
  • Select ‘New’.
  • Next, look for ‘Shortcut’
  • Copy and then paste:
    C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll
  • Click ‘Next’
  • Finish

You can right-click the shortcut, select Properties then edit the settings, for example, create a Shortcut key combination.

Target: Hotplug.dll

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The End Result – Safely Remove Hardware

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If you are unsure on which device to stop, try seeking further information by clicking on ‘Display device components’.

PowerShell Script to Create a Shortcut

$AppLocation = “C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe”
$WshShell = New-Object -ComObject WScript.Shell
$Lnk = $WshShell.CreateShortcut(“$Home\Desktop\USB.lnk”)
# $Lnk |gm
$Lnk.TargetPath = $AppLocation
$Lnk.Arguments =”shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll”
$Lnk.IconLocation = “hotplug.dll,0″
$Lnk.Hotkey =”Ctrl+Alt+U”
$Lnk.Description =”Remove Flash Drives”
$Lnk.WorkingDirectory =”C:\Windows\System32″

Note: With .Hotkey there must be no spaces between the keyboard shortcut combination.

Summary of Safely Remove Hardware in Windows 8

Here on this page are detailed instructions on how to create a shortcut which ensurs that you can remove a memory stick quickly, but without losing any data.

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