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Windows 10 changes how USB devices disconnect

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Life is too short to remove USB safely, goes the old saying, and it seems as Microsoft has finally heeded the call. As of the October update for Windows 10, you will no longer need to go through the quick, but annoying process of “remove USB safely”, before pulling the plug on any removable storage you may have plugged in.

This includes USB disks, external hard drives, flash drives, even USB connections between the computer and a smartphone.

As delightful as this slight perk may sound, there is a caveat to it – data transfer may be somewhat slower. This is because when you move data between a computer and a flash drive, Windows caches data while it’s being transferred.

And that was the default setting, which forced people into manually ejecting any USB drives before being able to pull them from their machine without risking losing files.

This default setting, however, has changed with the Windows 10 v1809, to “Quick Removal”.

For those interested in learning more about the new feature, here’s how you play with it:

  •  Plug in a USB device. 
  •  Right-click Start and go to File Explorer. 
  •  There, find the label associated with the device (it’s usually E: or something like that) 
  •  Right-click it, choose Disk Management 
  •  There, right-click the device’s label and go to Properties. 
  •  The second tab to the right should be “Policies”, which is where you can choose between “Quick Removal (default)” and “Better Performance”. 

Image Credit: EsaRiutta / Pixabay

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.