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I find it useful to have a handy shortcut icon for the hardware removal operation. How do I create a shortcut for the Safely Remove Hardware dialog?

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up vote 6 down vote accepted
RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll

Source: Create a Shortcut or Hotkey for the Safely Remove Hardware Dialog

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Beyond chopeen's answer, if you find your USB device does not accept a remove operation.

Read these tips for pendrives.
You might also want to keep the RemoveDrive tool handy.

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