'Safely Removing' a USB Could Become a Thing of the Past
It has been common practice since the beginning of Windows to “safely remove” a USB before physically removing it by hand. Even so, all of us are probably guilty of yanking the thing out before selecting this option on occasion. But thanks to a new update from Microsoft, Windows 10 users no longer have to abide by this requirement, and can lose the guilt that comes after realizing you forgot to select the “safe to remove” option.
These waves of change rolled in with version 1809 of Windows 10, which went live in October 2018. Previously, the default setting urged users to select the “safely remove USB” option before pulling a USB. The latest update has since changed this default setting to “Quick Removal” which eliminates the need to do anything before removing a USB (apart from saving your projects obviously).
Before making the decision though, users should be aware of a few pros and cons that come along with each option. Namely, despite “Quick Removal” eliminating the need to do anything before removing a USB, the option does impact speed as it relates to data transfer to an external device. On the other hand, the “Better Performance” option requires users to hit “safely remove hardware” but it does produce faster data transfers and greater storage options including caching data while it is being transferred, opened, or in preparation for other commands. In the event a user forgets to “safely remove” their USB though, they risk data loss and hardware damage.
The new default settings apply for USB thumb drives, external hard drives, flash drives, and data transfer connections between PCs and smartphones. Those that are hesitant to make the switch to Quick Removal” for all of their devices can select the most appropriate option on a case-by-case basis.