Jul 122013

Removing USB stick safely is always a highly recommended action before unplugging a USB device. However, do you really need to safely remove USB stick? Is there is also a good chance that you can unplugged a USB device without using this option and nothing goes wrong.

In fact, Windows itself tells that you don’t have to use the Safely Remove Hardware option if you use certain settings – the default settings. Windows also provide alternative option: Quick removal which you can disables write catching on the device and in Windows, but you can disconnect the device safely without using the Safely Remove Hardware notification icon.


You can access this setting from the device manager – open the Start menu, type Device Manager, and press Enter to launch it. Expand the Disk drives section in the Device Manager, right-click your device, and select Properties. Finally, select the Policies tab in the Properties window. Here you can find the option – Quick Removal. It means that you can unplug your USB device without safely removing it.

However, there is one thing you need to keep in mind that is no matter which option you select, you should never unplug your USB device while data is being written to it such as when you are moving files to it or you’re saving a file to it, because unplugging a USB disk is in-use will cause data corruption or data lost.

Sometimes the USB device doesn’t appear to be in-use but it is still in-use as a program in the background may be writing to the drive. In this occasion if you quick remove your USB disk will cause data corruption.

So if your USB stick doesn’t appear to be in-use, you can probably unplug it without any data corruption occurring – however, to be safe, it’s still a good idea to use the Safely Remove Hardware option.

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