Windows 10: No need to ‘Safely Remove’ USB drives
April 8, 2019

New feature aims to make it easier to disconnect drives.

Windows will now make it easier for you to remove USB drives from your PC. The next time you want to remove a USB drive, you can simply yank it out without the need to select the ‘safely remove hardware’ option. Using the safely remove hardware option has been a common trend on Windows machines, which is a process that needs to be done when you want to unplug a USB device just to make sure you won’t lose any data over it.

In previous Windows versions, the default mode of operation on USB drives is set to ‘better performance’, meaning that it uses cache disk write operations so it can write data as fast as possible. On the next version of Windows 10, the better performance option will be set to quick removal, meaning that you can immediately take out the USB without any issues.

While there might a slight loss in performance on the USB drive, it’s more convenient now knowing you don’t have to do that one extra step. Then again, if you’re actually using the USB drive and it gets unplugged, there’s a good chance that your data could be lost.

If you still prefer using the old method, you can always turn the option back on the USB drive’s properties.

It was mentioned that this new setting will be enabled on the next version of Windows 10, and you would need to have the October 2018 update installed to use it.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. Passionate for all things tech - you’ll normally find him tinkering with the latest gadgets and computer peripherals. He is an avid collector of Blu-ray discs and occasionally plays on his Xbox.
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