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How to Safely Remove USB Flash Drives By Just Unplugging Them

Most Windows users have become used to never unplugging their USB flash drives without clicking Safely Remove Hardware in the System Tray for Windows 7. Why is this necessary? The theory is that it will guarantee that Windows 7 is not busy reading from or writing to the USB flash drive when your remove it. If you don’t, something could go wrong, and cause your data to become corrupted or even damage the USB drive itself.

You can actually sidestep the Safely Remove Hardware with little to no loss of performance on your USB drive.


Steps to Safely Remove USB Flash Drives by Just Unplugging Them:

Plug in your USB drive.

Open Device Manager in Windows 7.

Expand the Disk Drives.

Locate and select your removable USB drive.

Right-click and then select Properties.

Click on the Tab titled, Policies.

Select Quick removal. This will disable write caching on the device and in Windows, but you can disconnect the device safely without using the Safely Remove Hardware notification icon.











The performance impact this will have on your USB drive is almost zero. If fact, it probably was already selected when you opened the policies tab. This will safe you the tedious task of having to click the Safely Remove Hardware icon every time you want to remove your USB drive.


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