Windows 10 drops default option to safely remove USB drives

Windows 10 will soon let you pull out USB sticks at any time

Windows 10 will soon let you pull out USB sticks at any time

In fact, you can specify "quick removal" or "better performance" on a per-USB-device basis.

The change comes as the October 2018 Update rolls out, and Microsoft explains that: "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". Microsoft is finally addressing this issue with its latest 1809 update of Windows 10. You can remove the device without using the Safely Remove Hardware process. But if disk write caching is operational, there is a chance of data loss when you do this, which could obviously be very bad news.

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.

The company published a new support article - six months after the initial release of Windows 10 version 1809 - that describes the change that has been made.

With the second option, better performance, Windows ensures data transfer is smooth without affecting the performance.

Connect the external storage to your PC or laptop.

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Select Disk Management from the options.

Switch to the Policies tab. However, to do this, Windows can not cache disk write operations.

Select Policies, and then select the policy you want to use. Note that this may lead to data loss in the case of a power outage and other scenarios. "This may degrade system performance", states the support page.

Now You: Better Performance or Quick Removal, what is your preferred setting?

You know, ever since the beginning of windows and USB you'd always get that message that the USB drive needs to be "safely removed" using the correct method in Windows, rather than just pulled out, this is changing.

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