Why You Should Properly Eject Your Flash Drive

Flash drives are small, yet sturdy and robust data storage devices that are used for everyday use. Depending on their capability, they can store information ranging from several megabytes to gigabytes. Also, depending on features and specs, these flash drives may cost anywhere from a few bucks to hundreds of dollars. However, there are some things you should avoid when it comes to using these helpful devices. This article will serve as a guide, to help you use your flash drive device appropriately.

Why You Should Properly Eject Your Flash Drive

This is one of the commonly asked questions by flash drive owners. Should I bother ejecting my flash drive properly? The answer is yes. Removing the flash drive without a proper ejection may lead to data corruption, even if you’re not actually writing data to the drive. To ensure better performance from your computer, most operating systems have something called a write cache. When writing data to the drive, the operating system may wait until you have several tasks to complete and then it completes them all at once, particularly if they are small files. By hitting the eject button, you’ll flush the write cache, which ensures that all pending tasks have been done. This way, you will be able to remove the flash drive without causing unnecessary data corruption.

Even though it’s very likely, ejecting the drive improperly may damage the drive itself. If you removed the drive when it was in the middle of writing something, you might corrupt the drive itself. Even though the chances are slim, it may happen. To be on the safe side, wait for the writing to conclude, close the flash drive’s window, locate the flash drive icon on the desktop tray, right click on it and choose the “eject” option. You’ll receive a pop-up notification indicating that you have safely removed your hardware. This way you’ll avoid corruption of data.

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