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Do you Really Need to Safely Remove a USB? Microsoft Answers the Age-Old Question
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It’s one of those things that some people religiously do, and others don’t really care about. But since the introduction of these drives, you’ve probably been warned many times by your computer or your friends that you need to safely remove a USB drive, i.e. you shouldn’t just jank it out of the USB port on your machine.

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Microsoft is finally settling the debate, thanks to a new Windows 10 feature. Called Quick Removal, the new feature lets you eject your USB as you please. The feature is turned on by default in Windows 10 version 1809.

The feature prevents Windows 10 from continuously writing to external drives that are plugged in. This means that, as long as you’re not actively transferring files onto the drive, you can safely pull it out without risk of the files becoming corrupted or other types of damage occurring. This means the external devices that aren’t actively in use, are ready to be removed at any time.

If you would like to change this default setting to the Better Performance option, this is how you do it:

  • Connect the device to the computer.
  • Right-click Start, and then select File Explorer.
  • In File Explorer, identify the letter or label that is associated with the device (for example, USB Drive (D:)).
  • Right-click Start, and then select Disk Management.
  • In the lower section of the Disk Management window, right-click the label of the device, and then click Properties.
  • Select Policies, and then select the policy you want to use.

This allows Windows 10 to cache write operations to external drives. This requires users to use the Safely Remove Hardware process when ejecting external drives, which protect the integrity of data on the external drives by ensuring cache write operations are completed.


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