It's too common not to have the "Safely Remove" icon present
A quick Google will show many people, like me for example, who experienc e the loss of that "Safely Remove Hardware" icon and are looking for a way to replace it! I've tried everything I've read to recreate that icon and still have had no luck. As a matter of course, I disable the 'hide inactive icons' and a work-around suggested was to stop that and use the 'customize' option to set the "Safely Remove" to 'always show' but with typical Microsoft reliability it decides this isn't part of 'always.' Anybody with another suggestion would be my new best friend.