Apparently Windows 10 has a new feature that says you don't need to safely eject your USB. You can actually just pull it out.
Throughout our lives, we were always told to make sure to "safely eject" the hard drive before pulling it out of the USB slot. In school, college, and even at work, we always had someone to remind us to not pull it out of the slot before safely ejecting it. Oh, the panic that followed if you actually just shut down your system is inexplicable. Now, if someone says you have to eject your USB before yanking it out, tell them you don't need to. Yeah, that's right. Microsoft themselves have come forward and clarified it's no longer a thing to worry about, according to The Verge.
Windows 10 actually has an option called “quick removal” that lets you yank a drive anytime, provided you're not adding or copying files to it, but we all know that, don't we? Also, it’s now the default setting for each new drive you plug in as of Windows 10 version 1809, according to Microsoft’s own support guidance. That means the new ‘quick removal’ policy has replaced their previous default setting, ‘better performance,’ in which you had to safely remove the hardware to prevent you from losing any data.
The website says: Windows defines two main policies, Quick removal and Better performance, that control how the system interacts with external storage devices such as USB thumb drives or Thunderbolt-enabled external drives. Beginning in Windows 10 version 1809, the default policy is Quick removal. In earlier versions of Windows, the default policy was Better performance. The two policies are better explained below:
Quick Removal: This policy manages storage operations in a manner that keeps the device ready to remove at any time. You can remove the device without using the Safely Remove Hardware process. However, to do this, Windows cannot cache disk write operations. This may degrade system performance. Better performance: This policy manages storage operations in a manner that improves system performance. When this policy is in effect, Windows can cache write operations to the external device. However, you must use the Safely Remove Hardware process to remove the external drive. The Safely Remove Hardware process protects the integrity of data on the device by making sure that all cached operations finish.
Some of you smart cookies (see what I did there?) may already know of this since Microsoft says this feature came into effect in October when version 1809 of Windows 10 first began rolling out. If you had no idea about it till today, then there's more to rejoice as you now have no fears holding you back when you do not safely eject your USB before yanking it out and going about your business!
Facebook was filled with comments from people who were shocked and happy to hear of this. Sean M McCord said: Great! Now can they build a flash drive that doesn’t take three tries to get it in right? Taylor Lively likes to live on the edge as he says: I don't think I've EVER "safely removed" a USB thumb drive.. and I've never run into any corruption issues. Ernest Chileshe sounded a bit dejected: Thought this feature was there in Windows 8.been doing it forever.
Moussab Bennehar went quite technical and commented with facts: Safely removing USB drives is only relevant in the case of writing or reading files from the drive. Even in Linux you need to unmount it to be sure that the drive is not being used. I guess there is nothing new here. It has always been safe to remove the USB drive directly if you know for sure that the drive is not being used. Why didn't anyone else think of this before?
Dylan White shares his experience: You may not need to now, but there was a time when you risked it corrupting it if you chose not to eject it before removing it. I’ve had it happen. Nathan Fournier has some great advice: Sometimes it's good to use the safely remove option because you could interrupt a copy in progress or an open file. Not all flash drives have good indicators for when they are in use.