How to enable quick removal of USB drives on Windows 10?

If you have been using Windows for quite some time now, you would be aware of how you need to "safely remove your removable drive". Are you aware Windows is aware of the hassle and has changed the way quick removal of removable drive works?

Microsoft has recently been proactive in understanding the needs of its Windows 10 users. It has been providing updates that address all types of concerns of its users quickly. One such recent improvement that came up on Windows 10 is the option to change the Quick Removal of removable drives. In fact, it was quietly introduced, and most of us missed finding information on it.

What was the change about?

Well, Microsoft has recently brought in a new Quick Removal Policy. The policy or the new feature does not need you to eject the USB drive before you can pull it out. Microsoft is changing the way the operating system handles the external storage.

Of course, the feature is not available by default. You will need to enable the Quick removal policy for the USB drives on Windows 10. How should you enable it? Let us check out in the following tutorial.

What is the Quick removal Policy?

Before we can learn how to enable the Quick Removal Policy, it would be important to understand what is the policy in essence. The Windows ecosystem has always been providing you options for safely ejecting the USB drives. This is specifically done in an attempt to avoid the corruption of the drive.

The feature though was aimed at making it easy for the users, the developers have decided to incorporate a change whereby you will have an option to determine how to remove your USB drive. The flash drive removal now comes with two options to choose from. The service is not enabled by default, and you will need to enable it manually.

What are the elements of the Quick Removal Policy?

The Flash drive options now come with two options - Quick Removal and Better performance. So, what do these two options do?

The Quick Removal is an option that will stop any of the background operations between the USB drive and the operating system whenever there is no active data transfer. It lets you remove the drive as soon as you are done with the file transfer task at hand. You can be assured that there are no further background transfers between your drive and computer. Thus you are safeguarded against any data corruption on the removable drive.

Better performance, on the other hand, is the traditional option where there can be a background transfer between the computer and the removable drive even when there are no active file transfers between the two devices. If you enable this option, you will need to safely eject the drive before removing it from the system.

How do these two options work? Well, it should be evident enough. Quick Removal lets you remove the drive as soon as you are done with the data transfer without having to eject the drive. However, the performance of the drive will be a little laggy. The Better Performance option will, however, provide you with a regular optimum performance without worrying about the lags or hiccups.

How to enable Quick Removal Policy?

As you might have already understood, the Better performance is the default policy for the removal of your USB drives as has been the regular case so far. If you have recently updated to the latest version of Windows 10, you should have got a new improvement.

The new update lets you access the new policy and choose between Quick Removal and Better performance as outlined above. Before moving on to the tutorial, make sure you are on the latest version of Windows 10.
Here is what you need to do -
  • Connect your USB drive to your computer.
  • Go to File Explorer and locate the drive letter for the USB drive you connected.
  • Next, launch Disk Management. You can open this by typing the Disk Management in the search field and choosing it from the search results. You may also press Windows Key and X and choose Disk Management
  • Scroll down to the drive letter and click on Properties.
  • Now to go the Hardware tab, select the USB drive and click on the Properties button below.
  • Quick USB Removal tutorial
  • Next, choose Policies tab.
  • You should now find the two options under Removal Policy - Quick Removal and Better Performance.
  • Choose the one that you would prefer.

If you have chosen the option for Better Performance, make sure you have chosen the option for Enable Write Caching on this Drive option as well under Write caching Policy.
That was exactly how you could make use of the new policies on your Windows 10. Do note that you need to make those changes for every USB device you insert on your Windows 10 machine. This should be a welcome addition since you may want to use the differential option for each of your USB devices.
Windows 10 does remember the configuration for each of the devices you have connected to your computer and will work with the same option for the subsequent attempts at connecting the same device.

The Concluding Thoughts

That was exactly how you could make use of the new Quick Removal policy on the newer versions of Windows 10. Just remember to use the option for Safely remove hardware and eject option if you are opting for the Better Performance policy.
So, which options will you be using and why? Share your thoughts and experiences with us.

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