There is no need to ‘safely remove’ USB flash drives on Windows 10

Time and again, we have seen people wanting to ‘safely remove’ their USB flash drives from PCs and Laptop. If we fail to do so, we are being scolded as we did not remove it safely. Also, people fear that the USB drive will be damaged if not removed safely. However, Microsoft did not have a say on this until now. The company has not given its statement on whether you should ‘safely remove’ USB flash drives from PCs or not.

First of all, it must be said that there is no harm in safely removing USB drives from PC. So if you are doing so and are happy with it, you can still continue to do the same. However, this is for those people who are in a rush and remove their USB drives randomly. They are usually worried if their drives would be damaged or not. To that, Microsoft has clarified that on Windows 10, you do not need to safely remove your USB drive.

Safely Remove USB Flash Drive
Safely Remove USB Flash Drive

Microsoft says that there is a feature called ‘Quick Removal’ on Windows 10 which is a feature for safe removal of USB drives. Basically, Quick Removal is a feature which stops your USB drive from constantly being ready to write. In a way, it is ready to eject when you are not writing to it. This means you can remove the drive anytime you are no longer writing to it as it is basically removed.

However, Microsoft says that this feature is available on Windows 10 only. Also, the feature has been made as default for all USB drives from Windows 10 version 1809. So if you are using an older version of Windows, you will still need to ‘safely remove’ your USB drive. That being said, Microsoft still provides the option to ‘safely remove’ USB drives on newest version of Windows 10 as well which creates confusion among users.