Create a Safely Remove Hardware shortcut
Right-click on the desktop, select ‘New’ and then ‘Shortcut’. For the item location, copy and paste the following:
RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL HotPlug.dll
Then click ‘Next’. Call the shortcut ‘Safely Remove Hardware’, and you should be done. If you want to make it look snazzier, right-click the icon, choose ‘Properties’ and then the ‘Shortcut’ tab, click on ‘Change Icon’ and in the ‘Look for icons’ box type:
The first icon in this file matches the ‘Safely Remove Hardware’ icon so you’ll be able to recognise it more easily.
Now, if the normal notification icon doesn’t appear, all you need do is double-click your new desktop icon to safely remove any disks before unplugging them.