Windows 10 drops default option to safely remove USB drives


With Windows 10 1809, Microsoft is changing the default setting that's applied to USB drives and other removable media. Soon, you won't have to worry about the possibility of corrupted files, as Windows will allow you to remove storage devices at any time. But that is now changing, and those learning to use a computer now will never know the pain/paranoia that came with the process of safely ejecting a pen drive.

If you're not on the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, then this new feature won't affect you, so your USB drive will still be defaulted to the "better performance" setting and there's no way to change it. When this policy is in effect, Windows can cache write operations to the external device. The latest version of Windows has changed the default to "Quick removal", meaning you can rip that thing out of your computer without tempting the computer gods.

Select Better Performance option to enable it. As Betanews first noted, Microsoft has introduced a new policy that allows you to remove the device without using the Safely Remove Hardware process - as long as you're not writing data to it.

Microsoft suggests that if you select the "Better performance" option you should also select "Enable write caching on the device". Better Performance means the drive will perform better when plugged in, but at the cost of requiring a safe removal process be followed in order to ensure no data loss when unplugging it.

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Better performance. This policy manages storage operations in a manner that improves system performance. A quick look at its support guidance page about hardware on Windows 10 shows up the message, "To avoid losing data, it's important to remove external hardware like hard drives and USB drives safely". This may degrade system performance.

Right-click Start, and then select File Explorer. To do so, plug in your external drive, then right-click on Start and select Disk Management.

Select your disk, right click on it, and go to Properties Policies.