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Windows 7: Do you safely remove hardware

View Poll Results: Do you use the safely remove hardware option on USB devices
Always 28 50.00%
Never 11 19.64%
If I remember 9 16.07%
When Necessary 8 14.29%
Voters: 56. You may not vote on this poll

27 Sep 2010   #1

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
Do you safely remove hardware

I was just wondering how many people actually use the safely remove hardware USB option.

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27 Sep 2010   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

I only safely remove it when the hardware I use is not mine. I just unplug the hardware if it's mine, whatever it is. I never had something that broke because I didn't safely remove it.
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27 Sep 2010   #3

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)

I personally always do a safe removal. Doing a safe removal checks to make sure all open files are closed and any cached writes have been written to the device.
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27 Sep 2010   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

It only takes once that you lose alot of important files that you can't get back so +1 on safely remove
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27 Sep 2010   #5

Windows 10 Education 64 bit

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27 Sep 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ulti x64

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27 Sep 2010   #7

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

On windows, NTFS aggressively writes to removable media (anything that will bring up the safely remove option). As long as you don't INSTANTLY pull the drive, I've never lost anything by not doing it, though because of (below) I now just do it out of habit.

Linux though (and possibly mac but not tested) has the /laziest/ cache writing mechanism imaginable for every file system I've used. You HAVE to use it or you WILL lose your data.
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27 Sep 2010   #8

Windows 10 Pro x64

I always safely remove hardware
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27 Sep 2010   #9

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I was copying some files to an external hard drive. I unplugged before it was finished because I was in too much of a hurry to use the safely removed hardware option. Lesson learned.
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27 Sep 2010   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1

We need an "when necessary" option.

I always use it for external hard drives.
I never use it for thumb drives, cameras, or printers.
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