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

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From there, you can switch back to the Better performance option.

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.

We've always been warned that failing to use the "Safely Remove Hardware" process before pulling out a USB device such as a flash drive (pendrive), thumb drive, and Thunderbolt-enabled external drive could cause data loss, corruption, or even mechanical damage. The trade-off, however, is that the operating system loses the ability to cache disk write operations.

Microsoft has changed the default way in which Windows 10 works with USB drives, so users are now free to remove a USB device without first having to select the option to "safely remove hardware". Earlier versions of Windows had "Better Performance" as the default.

Microsoft is well aware that people have no time to remove USB safely.

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Windows 10 users with version 1809 and later will no longer be warned if they unplug their USB devices without alerting Windows first.

Quick removal. This policy manages storage operations in a manner that keeps the device ready to remove at any time. This may degrade system performance. The Safely Remove Hardware process protects the integrity of data on the device by making sure that all cached operations finish.

Of course, if you're like me, you have been living life on the edge. pulling USB thumb drives out of Windows PCs, driving 70 miles per hour in a 65 miles per hour zone, and other rebel behavior. Doing so may improve the performance when the device is used but it may lead to data loss if the device is not disconnected properly from the Windows PC.

All you have to do is right click on the Start button and go to Disk Management, right click on the USB drive, select Properties, Policies, and you will be able to change the removal policy for that specific USB device in this window.

A new window will open, inside it, select the Policy tab and select the USB option which you want.

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