For Windows 10 you no longer need to ‘safely remove hardware’

April 3, 2022 0 Comments

For nearly two decades now, the Windows user base has been divided into two main subgroups: those who “securely” pull out their USB storage drives before unplugging, and those who do not. Following a recent Microsoft support article on the subject, the former will have the opportunity to say, “Oh, thank God!” And next, a chance to say, “We told you so!” Windows 10 now uses a different default policy that requires you to safely remove the hardware process before unplugging the USB storage device.

“Windows defines two main principles, rapid removal and enhanced performance, which control how the system interacts with external storage devices such as USB thumb drives or Thunderbolt-enabled external drives. Starting with Windows 10 version 1809, the default policy is quick removal. The default policy in previous versions of Windows was better performance, “Microsoft wrote in a recent support article. “If you choose better performance, we recommend selecting Enable caching on device,” Microsoft added.

Two removal policy for external storage media

The Quick Removal Policy continues storage operations in such a way that USB storage devices can be safely unplugged at any time without the need for hardware processing. On the other hand, the Better Performance Policy ensures improved system performance. If enabled, it lets you write activities to an external USB drive in the Windows cache. However, to protect data integrity on the external device, it is necessary to use the hardware mechanism to safely remove it.

For those who are not aware of the need to safely remove hardware, this is a security procedure that is performed by the user before unplugging any USB storage device. This involves locating the Safely Remove Hardware icon in the taskbar, right-clicking it, and selecting the unplugged hardware. Windows Flash and external hard drives recommend the use of secure ejection processes to avoid data corruption. However, the method has been considered unnecessary or even annoying by many experienced Windows users in the past, resulting in a team that does not believe in getting devices out ‘safely’.

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