Jun 262013

USB users know that we need to use the safely remove hardware icon before unplugging a USB device. It is always a good practice to safely remove your USB flash drive before unplugging it from your computer.

Why We Need to Remove a USB drive from the Computer Safely?

It is highly recommended to safely remove USB drive. If you simply pull an external drive out of a running computer, you’re asking for trouble. You might lose files, crash applications, or even ruin everything on the computer.

Note: If you lost data on your USB drive due to simple pull it out of your computer, turn to Card Data Recovery to recover your lost data.

How to Remove a USB drive from the Computer Safely?

1. Close all files you accessed from the USB drive. Don’t forget to save your files before closing the files.

2. Right-click the “USB” icon marked with a checkmark. From the pop-up menu, click “Safely Remove Hardware.”

3. Select the USB flash drive you want to unplug then click the “Stop” button. Click your USB drive, and then click “OK.” The “Safe to Remove Hardware” window tells you that it’s safe to remove the hardware.

But sometimes, Windows will tell you that “This device is currently in use”.

At this time, you need to check the properties on the drive to see if the drive is being indexed. Open Windows Explorer and right click on the external hard drive. On the first Property Windows, make sure the “Allow files on this drive to have contents indexed in addition to file properties.” is not checked. If it is, remove the check mark and once you click on “Apply”, ensure it removes indexing from all folders, sub-folders, etc. This is usually the reason you cannot remove an external hard drive using the safe remove.

Or you can simply shut down your computer–not hibernate it or put it in sleep mode–but shut it down completely. Then you can safely remove your USB flash drive.

Now I believe you have a clear idea about how to remove your USB flash drive safely. So stop simply pulling USB drive out of a running computer.