Microsoft confirms you really, really don’t need to ‘safely remove’ USB flash drives anymore

Do you know how all the technology experts in your life told you how important it was for to safely eject a flash drive before removing it from your PC? Have you been that technology expert?

Well, Microsoft is confirming once and for all that, in Windows 10, it's not something to worry about anymore. Windows 10 has a function called "quick deletion" that allows you to pull a drive at any time (as long as you are not writing files to it), and now it is the default setting for each new drive you connect from the version of Windows 10 1809, according to Microsoft's own support guide. Basically, "fast removal" keeps Windows from continuously trying to write to a flash drive, which could help in case you disconnect it.

Technically, Microsoft changed this switch in October when version 1809 was the first. It began to unfold, so this will not be a revelation for all readers. It turns out that they are now doing the rounds now that the company is notifying IT professionals that the update is being implemented more widely. In addition, the company had protections to keep its flash drives safe from Windows 7 according to my Microsoft expert colleague, Tom Warren.

But it's also true that Microsoft has been sending mixed messages about the need to safely remove drives for a while, and the operating system definitely still has a vestigial feature of "Remove hardware and eject media safely." (I just checked my system tray, and it's still there.)

So now, the safe ejection process of a flash drive can be one of those things that you tell your children, one of those " Do you remember this? What old people used to do? ", Such as adjusting the tracking on a VHS tape or yelling at your family not to answer the phone while downloading a new web page.

Update, 6:12 PM ET: He clarified that you probably still do not want to throw a USB stick if you're in the middle of writing files.