×usb-memory-stick.jpg Microsoft plans to modify the way Windows 10 handles the operation of disconnecting a USB or Thunderbolt storage device. This includes USB thumb drives, external hard drives, flash drives, and even USB data transfer connections established between PCs and smartphones. The change, which is predicted to cause some problems, will take effect with Windows 10 version 1809 -Microsoft’s next major Windows 10 version (the May 2019 Update)- scheduled for an official release in the coming weeks. Why does it matter? Until now, the default policy in all previous Windows versions when disconnecting a USB storage device was the “Better performance” setting. Starting with Windows 10 v1809, this will become “Quick removal.” The difference between the two is significant. “Better performance” means that Windows manages data transfers and storage operations in a manner that improves performance. This includes caching data while it’s being transferred, opened, or in preparation for certain operations. This constant readiness on Windows’ part meant that any user who wanted to disconnect a USB or Thunderbolt-connected storage device had to go through the “Safely Hardware Removal” process, which meant triggering a manual Eject. All Windows users know the procedure. ×usb-eject-sequence.png But starting with Windows 10 v1809, the default state for all USB and Thunderbolt storage devices will become “Quick removal,” which is a state where external storage devices can be disconnected without following the “Safely Hardware Removal” process. But there are downgrades for switching to “Quick removal” as the default setting. The first is that Windows won’t… [Read full story]
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