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Windows 10 Update Brings Safe 'Fast Removal' of USB Flash Drive | System Tools

The upcoming Windows 10 update to version 1809 (also called Windows 10 May Update) will allow you to remove external devices from your computer, such as a thumb drive or SD card, without the user having to safely enable hardware extraction. The new "quick remove" setting makes the system keep devices safe to disconnect them from the machine at any time.

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Microsoft warns, however, that the tool causes data transfer processing between your computer and device to slow down slightly. This is so that the system can ensure the integrity of the content without risk of damage to files on the flash drive.

Goodbye need to eject your thumb drives every time you want to remove them from your computer Photo: Luciana Maline / TechTudoGoodbye need to eject your thumb drives every time you want to remove them from your computer Photo: Luciana Maline / TechTudo

Goodbye need to eject your thumb drives every time you want to remove them from your computer Photo: Luciana Maline / TechTudo

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Once the "quick remove" is configured on a flash drive, it is no longer necessary to enable the function for the device if it is inserted into the same USB port. You can disable the feature at any time.

In addition to "quick removal", the "Best performance" option was provided. When enabled, it forces the user to configure the "safely extract device" function each time it is ejected. Its positive side is faster and more dynamic file transfer assurance compared to the previous mode.

How to set up quick device removal

Step 1. With an external device already connected to the computer, search the Windows search for "Create and format hard disk partitions". Select the corresponding option;

  You can find your external device via the hard drive control panel. Photo: Playback / Gabrielle Ferreira  You can find your external device via the hard drive control panel. Photo: Playback / Gabrielle Ferreira

You can find your external device via the hard drive control panel. Photo: Playback / Gabrielle Ferreira

Step 2. In the "Disk Management" window, look for the name of your device and click on it with the right mouse button. Select the option "Properties" from the context menu;

The name of the flash drive is the factory name Photo: Reproduction / Gabrielle FerreiraThe name of the flash drive is the factory name Photo: Reproduction / Gabrielle Ferreira

The name of the flash drive is the factory name Photo: Reproduction / Gabrielle Ferreira

Step 3. In the properties window, go to the "Hardware" tab and select "Properties" in the lower right corner of the screen;

In the "Hardware" tab you can control the properties of the device. Photo: Playback / Gabrielle FerreiraIn the "Hardware" tab you can control the properties of the device. Photo: Playback / Gabrielle Ferreira

In the "Hardware" tab you can control the properties of the device. Photo: Playback / Gabrielle Ferreira

Step 4. In the following properties window, look for the "Policies" tab. The "Quick Remove" and "Best Performance" options will be displayed. To enable non-extracting removal mode, choose the "Quick Removal" policy. Then press the "Ok" option.

Now you no longer need to eject your thumb drive manually, the system will do it for you. Photo: Playback / Gabrielle FerreiraNow you no longer need to eject your thumb drive manually, the system will do it for you. Photo: Playback / Gabrielle Ferreira

Now you no longer need to eject your thumb drive manually, the system will do it for you. Photo: Playback / Gabrielle Ferreira

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