Monday, 22 July, 2019

Windows 10 Now Makes Quick USB Drive Pulls Safer, With A Catch

Windows 10 will soon let you pull out USB sticks at any time With Windows 10 1809, Microsoft drops safe removal of USB drives as the default option
Cecil Davis | 08 April, 2019, 23:31

"It's universally accepted that virtually nobody removes a USB safely via Windows" ejection method, to the point that KitGuru even has t-shirts based on the phenomenon. You can remove the device without using the Safely Remove Hardware process. The safe remove option will come default in Windows 10.

Quick removal. This policy manages storage operations in a manner that keeps the device ready to remove at any time. But Microsoft has announced that this won't be the case starting with Windows version 1809. From there, you can switch back to the Better performance option.

In what can be considered as a major move by Microsoft in years, the Redmond-based tech firm is now giving users an option to not see the "Safely Remove Hardware" option while pulling out a connected USB storage device.

Windows has long warned its users that removing external storage without ejecting it first can lead to data loss. This may degrade system performance.

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KitGuru Says: On-the-fly USBs will certainly benefit from quick removal by default, but I'm glad that I can individually allocate better performance to my main external hard drive. The Safely Remove Hardware process protects the integrity of data on the device by making sure that all cached operations finish. The trade-off, however, is that the operating system loses the ability to cache disk write operations. To do so, plug in your external drive, then right-click on Start and select Disk Management.

You can opt to use the Better Performance policy by changing a drive's properties in Disk Manager (and enable write caching for the best experience), but for the majority of users Quick Removal makes more sense.

In File Explorer, identify the letter or label that is associated with the device (for example, USB Drive (D:)). It is noted that "you can change the policy setting for each external device, and the policy that you set remains in effect if you disconnect the device and then connect it again to the same computer port".