If you’ve updated to the latest version of Windows 10 (version 1809 with most recent updates) the default method for removing USB devices has changed. Previously, the default was Better Performance.
The procedure you’re supposed to follow (though, not everyone does) is to click on the system tray on the lower right and look for the USB icon.
When you click on it, you get the option to eject the device.
Now, the default will be Quick Removal, which means you can just unplug the drive. While Better Performance required the extra step, your USB devices will read and write data faster if you use this setting.
Here’s how you can change the setting on your PC. You’ll have to choose the setting for each individual device. First, plug in your USB device. Open File Explorer.
Check to see what designation your computer has assigned to the drive.
Now right-click on your start-button.
Select Disk Management from the pop-up window.
This window will open.
At the bottom part of the window, find the device you want to change the settings for.
Right-click on the square area to the left. It has to be that square area to the far left, not the middle pane.
Choose Properties from the pop-up menu.
When the Properties window open, select the Policies tab.
Select Better performance and then choose OK.
Make sure to hit the Safely remove device icon before disconnecting from that point on.
2 thoughts on “Quickly eject USB device in Windows 10”
Cyn, I think it’s worth mentioning this procedure requires administrator privileges. THANKS for your articles!
Cyn, do you think this might help with the Ext HD I can’t open? Great work, Trish