Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/172931/why-exactly-do-you-need-to-safely-eject-usb-media/
Windows gets so mad when you don’t safely eject USB media, but does it really matter? What’s the worst that could happen if you never safely ejected your USB drive and other flash-based media?
I just wait till the light on my flash drive stops blinking, then I wait a second and remove it. ProbSolved.
another foolproof method to remove the usb device is when you insert open device manager/disk/your usb/policies and ensure that "quick removal is ticked. once it is ticked, you can safely pull out the usb device. but as a matter of abundant caution wait till the copying is over, wait for atleast 30 seconds and then pull out
The issue with waiting till the light stops blinking is if it is a large file and it might have stopped blinking because it is loading more of it into ram before it continues to write to the USB device. IE. It could just be pausing and want to write some more. Using the proper way and waiting for it to say it is safe to remove your device is a sure fire way to know it is done.
30 seconds? Holy cow I don't like to wait that long just click on the safe removal button will save you lots of time. It takes me about 5 seconds to click the safe removal icon. If your waiting for it to finish anyways you might as well go this route as it will let you know exactly when to pull it and go.
normally windows marks by deault as for "quick removal" under device manager/disks/properties/policies. I suggested to check it at least once as a safe measure. every time you insert a usb device, you don't have to check it every time. just test it two or three times with several usb devices and you will amost always see it by default as for quick removal unless somebody else using your computer changed it
Could be, but my data never went haywire.
I've also been removing the Flash after it stops blinking, for a couple of years now without any problem.
I love all the "It's never happened to me..." comments. They serve as a constant reminder of how that attitude lost me an entire project.
But I am wondering how to solve a problem I call 'Flash Obstinacy'
On occasion, when I attempt to safely remove a flash drive, large or small, I get the following message:
Windows can't stop your 'Generic volume' device because it is in use. Close any programs or windows that might be using the device, and then try again later.
And, on occasion, this message appears even hours after shutting down every program, every window, every connection between the flash drive and the computer. Once, just to see if I could outlast the message, I continued to try Safely Remove for seven hours. The only thing I can do in these situations is to reboot the computer, hot or cold, either way works.
This leaves me with two immediate questions:
1] Is there a fix for this?
2] Is there a risk to my data if it comes down to this measure?