Re: Safely Remove Hardware question

Tom Behler


I'm not finding the safe to remove option in my system tray when I access it
with the jaws key and F11.

I'm using Jaws 16 with Windows 7 here.

I suppose I could just use the eject option in windows explorer via the
application key and down arrows. But I'm now hearing that there is a
difference between safely removing and ejecting a device.

I'd like to find a single safe to remove option for removing a thumb drive
or an external hard drive if that is available.

Tom Behler

-----Original Message-----
From: Jfw [] On Behalf Of Adrian Spratt
via Jfw
Sent: Thursday, August 20, 2015 7:02 AM
To: The Jaws for Windows support list.
Cc: Adrian Spratt
Subject: RE: Safely Remove Hardware question

I got the impression that Tom's system tray isn't showing the "safely
remove" option. If that's the case, Tom, you might post again with that
specific question. Several sets of instructions have been posted in the past
on how to get JAWS to reveal it.

Dave, I've heard much the same thing. But, ever nervous about corrupting
files, I do the following:

Close the window showing the drive of the SD card, etc., that I want to
remove. (This is consistent with your closing all applications using that
card, disc, etc.)

Go to system tray with JAWS key+F11.

Press s until "system tray" is verbalized. On my system (Win7, 64-bit),
that's just one press.

Press enter, then arrow down until the name of the item to be removed is
spoken. Press enter again.

Then JAWS verbalizes something like "Safe to remove" and I feel comfortable
ejecting the item.

-----Original Message-----
From: Jfw [] On Behalf Of Dave Carlson
via Jfw
Sent: Thursday, August 20, 2015 12:47 AM
To: The Jaws for Windows support list.
Cc: Dave Carlson
Subject: Re: Safely Remove Hardware question


I've only used it once, and found it irritating and useless. When I copy or
paste to a USB Thumb drive, I just wait until I'm able to navigate through
the list of files on that drive, and then I know I can pull it out.

If you're using an external disc or hard drive, you might want to make sure
that there are no programs running that are accessing the drive before
disconnecting -- that might be the one and only time I'd consider using the
feature. Use JAWS+F11 to get to the system tray, arrow to "safe to remove"
item and press enter.

Dave Carlson
Oregonian, woodworker, Engineer, Musician, and pioneer

----- Original Message -----
From: "Tom Behler via Jfw" <>
To: "Jaws users list" <>; "'The Jaws for
Windows support list.'" <>
Cc: "Tom Behler" <>
Sent: Wednesday, August 19, 2015 07:35 PM
Subject: Safely Remove Hardware question

Hello, everyone.

I am sure this may seem pretty elementary to some, but I actually have
gotten varying opinions on the need to use the "safely remove hardware"
option for USB devices such as USB thumb drives, and USB external hard

So, I have two questions:

1. Is it still necessary to invoke the "safely remove hardware" option
when using any of these USB devices? I have heard that in later operating
systems like Windows 7, this is not as necessary as it used to be.


2. How does one easily get to the "safely remove hardware" option, if
it would be a good idea for me to use it?

I am using Windows 7 and Jaws 16 here.

Thank you!

Dr. Tom Behler from Michigan

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