Why is the safely remove hardware icon in my system tray and how do I get rid of it? How did it get there in the first place? It keeps showing up and disappearing even though I have not used it.
That icon appears if you have a removable peripheral like a USE device, It is a safety device. USB devices can be hot swapped, but some others can't as you know.
As far as I know the only way to get rid of the icon is to right-click the notification area and select properties. Under the Notification area heading, click Customize. Find the Safely Remove Hardware icon and select Always hide in the Behavior column next to it.
Press ok to apply and save.
Maybe someone else has some info on this.