You Don’t Need To “Safely Remove” USB Drives Anymore

You Don’t Need To “Safely Remove” USB Drives Anymore

For years, Windows users have been frustrated when removing USB drives from a powered on machine. Microsoft has always recommended you eject the media before unplugging it from the computer. This has annoyed users for decades. There was actually a reason behind this though. To increase performance, the OS was allowed to cache write operations to the external media, so Microsoft wanted to ensure all write operations were complete before the drive was removed.

However, with the latest Windows 10 update, this methodology is no longer employed. In other words, you can just yank that USB drive out of the port without first having to “safely remove” it. Microsoft notes this is a configurable option on some older Windows operating systems, but the default has always been to use the “better performance” setting (which requires users to eject the drive). As of the latest Windows 10 update, the default behavior is “quick removal” which does not require the user to eject the device before removal.

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