Virtually any Windows 10 user has occasionally unplugged a USB stick without doing so safely. This is a potential danger, as you could lose files, information, or even render the USB memory unusable. Fortunately, Windows 10 offers a configuration that will allow you to disconnect a USB memory from a Windows 10 computer without the risk of data loss or rendering your USB stick unusable.
Related: How to repair a corrupted USB memory or Pen Drive and recover the files.
Quick removal allows you to remove the USB memory from the corresponding port on your Windows 10 computer, as long as no data is currently being transferred between the USB device and your computer. With this feature enabled, your computer will prevent background processes from running when file or information transfers are not running between the computer and the USB memory. This makes it safe to remove the Pendrive at any time without using the Safely Eject option.
The second configuration option is: Better Performance. If this function is the one we have configured in our Windows 10, we must use the classic process that Microsoft recommends from previous versions of the operating system; that is, before removing the drive from the USB port, you must follow the steps to remove it safely.
The Better Performance function will allow your computer to transfer files or use USB sticks at a much higher performance / speed. However, if you don’t use the correct process to remove the USB stick, you run the risk of the data on the drive being corrupted and unusable.
Starting with Windows version 1809, the default process for removing a USB stick from the port is “Quick Delete”. However, assuming this configuration can be a big mistake since you can lose data or make your USB memory unusable if your configuration is the Best Performance one.
To be sure that you can remove your USB memory in Windows 10 without the risk of losing data or rendering your Pendrive unusable, we recommend that you follow the steps shown below:
How to activate the Quick Removal function of USB memory in Windows 10.
1. Connect the USB stick to your Windows 10 computer.
2. Identify the drive letter for the connected USB (D:, G:, H:, etc.)
3. Use the keyboard shortcut: Windows key + X.
4. Select the option: Disk management.
5. When the Disk Manager window opens, you will need to right click on the USB stick (Disk No.). In the context menu you will have to select the option: Properties.
6. When the properties window is displayed, you will have to go to the tab: Directives.
7. Now the two options described above will be revealed. As we have mentioned, you will have to select the option: Quick Extraction.
8. Finally, you only have to click on the Accept button so that the changes are saved.
Ready, from this moment you can remove your USB memory without using the Safe Removal process with minimal risk of data loss or device disablement. It should be noted that when you activate the Quick Extraction option, you can remove your USB memory if at that moment you are not transferring any file between the Pendrive and the computer or vice versa.
If you’ve been one of those Windows users who likes to live on the wild side when it comes to removing your USB drives, the new Quick Removal default option will make it less likely that you will lose your data. But if you prefer, you can change your options to keep the traditional method and keep your performance at an optimal level. Now you can choose the way that suits you best.
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