Published: Mon, April 08, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Quick Removal new default for external storage devices

Quick Removal new default for external storage devices

In the Windows 10 update, the default option changes to 'Quick Removal, ' which, as the name suggests, lets you yank a USB storage device out safely at any time.

The practice of "safely removing" USB sticks dates back to an era when there was a genuine risk of losing data by failing to warn Windows that you're about to force an unexpected transfer termination.

As explained by Microsoft, the policy, in short doesn't keep the disk cache unlike what happens when you use the "Safely Remove Hardware" option (Better Performance policy). The change comes as a part of "Quick Removal" policy in Windows 10 version 1809.

In order to get the most out of external drives and cut down unwanted delays with "better performance" mode, users who have installed the update will need to hit the Windows Key and X once the chosen drive has been plugged into the system.

By swapping the defaults around in the latest update, Microsoft is attempting to safeguard unsuspecting user's data.

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You can switch the removal policy from quick removal to better performance.

The change means that the default policy applied to removable storage devices is Quick Removal rather than Better Performance - so you can now just pull it out without a second thought. Doing so may improve the performance when the device is used but it may lead to data loss if the device is not disconnected properly from the Windows PC.

Right-click on the label of the external storage device in the lower section of the Disk Management interface and select Properties from the context menu.

Right-click Start, and then select Disk Management. But they can't remove USB safely without clicking on "Safely Remove Hardware".

A new window will open, inside it, select the Policy tab and select the USB option which you want. That makes sense from a technical perspective because the operating system has to make sure processes cached on the device are finished before it's removed.

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