How to Safely Remove a USB Device from Computer?

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USB devices are among the most important computer accessories used these days. USB devices like flash drives and memory card readers are needed to be stopped before detaching from the computer, otherwise the data or information in that device are at risk of getting dumped or corrupt. Stopping the devices keeps the information safe from being corrupted.

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How to Safely Remove a USB Device from Computer?, Seekyt

How data gets corrupted?

Know the behavior of operating system while writing in USB devices to know how these can get corrupted.

Writing caching technology is used in most operating systems when a file is written in USB device. This means that Operating Systems wait and collect a number of requests of writing before performing any action to USB device so that the computer’s performance can be maintained.
When file size is small then this write caching is used more common. Thus, when writing of files is going on and the device is yanked out, then the information is not fully loaded in the USB device, corrupting the data and showing error messages the next time the device is plugged.

How to Safely Remove a USB Device from Computer?, Seekyt

How to unplug the device safely?

1. In the System Tray, double-click on the Remove Hardware icon.

How to Safely Remove a USB Device from Computer?, Seekyt

2. A list of attached USB devices is appeared. Now select the USB device that you want to disconnect from the computer. For example, if you want to remove H:, click on USB mass storage Drive (H:).

How to Safely Remove a USB Device from Computer?, Seekyt

3. Now system will finish writing in the USB drive and a dialogue box will pop up that says “Safe to Remove Hardware”.

How to Safely Remove a USB Device from Computer?, Seekyt

4. This is now safely remove to USB from the computer. Popup message can be ignored or removed; otherwise it will remove itself in a few seconds.

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How to Safely Remove a USB Device from Computer?, Seekyt
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