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There is this button-like thing appearing when I click on a device:

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Yet it's missing a tooltip. It could mean “safely remove this device” but it could also mean “uninstall this device driver” and in that case I wouldn't want to try and click it (why is it even there for things like my hard drive?).

So what exactly does this thing do?

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try it in a VM version ^^ – MimiEAM Nov 6 '12 at 7:24
Asking here is as far as I am willing to spend time on this. – Joey Nov 6 '12 at 7:25
I ll do it as soon as the slow vm starts... – MimiEAM Nov 6 '12 at 7:30
This looks like your hard drive. Pressing that button will remove it? – Mikhail Nov 6 '12 at 7:31
I don't know and if it does I wouldn't want to find out the hard way. – Joey Nov 6 '12 at 7:31
up vote 12 down vote accepted

In short: YES, it does indeed allow you to Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media..

But at least there is popup for confirm in case that was an accidental click

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The temptation was too strong... so i tried to Nuke my VM.... but apparently they had thought that someone would try that ^^ - So no you can't nuke your hard drive :D

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It likely failed to eject the hard-drive because, not surprisingly, there are open handles to that volume. That’s the same behavior in previous versions of Windows. – Synetech Nov 6 '12 at 17:44
That´s why they refer to it "safely" – TheBlastOne Nov 6 '12 at 17:54
@TheBlastOne, you mean refer ed. I see nothing about safety in Windows 8. :-| – Synetech Nov 6 '12 at 17:56

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