Microsoft Confirms That You No Longer Need to Safely Remove USB Flash Drives Anymore

Our operating system has always encouraged us to safely eject a USB flash drive before removing it. In fact, it prompts us a notification, as if to scare us, whenever we did not “eject properly”.

Well, it looks like the practice of safely removing USB storage drives will be a tradition of the past as Microsoft has come out to confirm that you will no longer need do that ever again.

Microsoft said in their Windows 10, you do not need to worry about file corruption when you did not hit “Eject” before removing a flash drive. Windows 10 now has a feature called “quick removal” which allows you to pull out the USB whenever you want. Of course, not on those files that you are still writing on from the external drive.

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According to The Verge, it is now a default setting for every drive you insert into Window 10 version 1809 operating system. The “quick removal” function will disconnect Windows 10 from continuously writing the files, thus creating a risk-free environment to pull out the USB drives preemptively.

Microsoft introduced the function back in October when the 1809 version was available. If you have read the update summary, this might not come as new. But how many of us really do that anyway?

The new automatic safety feature is making rounds on the Internet now because the software giant company has started to notifying IT professionals that the update is being deployed more broadly.

To add on, Microsoft expert Tom Warren said Microsoft has been protecting users’ flash drives since Windows 7. Now, it has become a seamless protection.

Some flash drive brands even build in their own safety features. Source: gHacks

There is no denying that Microsoft has been sending mixed messages about the need to safely remove drives in the past. As of now, Windows 10 still has the “Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media” feature despite stating it is no longer required to take the extra step.

Some netizens find the news nothing special as they have been pulling their USB haphazardly for as long as they can remember.

“I’m surprised I came out alive with how many times I unsafely removed my drive,” one Twitter user said.

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Another said, “I knew it after the thousandth time of doing it.”


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Remember guys, it is only for Windows users. macOS fellows, please continue to eject your drives safely.

Have you been a repulsive flash drive users or have you really been ejecting it safely all these times? Let us know in the comments below as well as your thoughts on this new update.

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