I have never use the "safely remove drive from pc" function. I just unplug it, and no data is lost or corrupt. My previous drives are still working fine. It may not be the right answer but is one that has worked for years without issues
make sure all your programs that pertain to your workings of the hard drive are closed and nothing is running. sometimes it takes a little while but it works for me. i've unplugged the hard drive without waiting at times and never lost anything. don't recommend it though.
Howdy Bruce! The best way we've found is make sure you have no files open on the drive and simply LEFT-CLICK on the remove drive icon in system tray, then LEFT-CLICK on the drive(s) and it should 'disappear' without any problem. Don't right-click, always left-click!