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Safely removing a device

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Video: Safely removing a device

The files that I work with tend to be very important to me. Those might be documents that have important information in them, or photographs that preserve important memories. Whatever the case, I want to make sure that I'm not causing harm to the files that I may copy around on my system. And that means when I'm working with an external source device for example, I want to make sure that I properly remove that device. I don't want to simply unplug an external hard drive for example. But rather, I want to use this Safe Removal option. I'll go ahead and switch to the desktop display, and I'll open up the File Explorer and navigate to my thumb drive.

Safely removing a device

The files that I work with tend to be very important to me. Those might be documents that have important information in them, or photographs that preserve important memories. Whatever the case, I want to make sure that I'm not causing harm to the files that I may copy around on my system. And that means when I'm working with an external source device for example, I want to make sure that I properly remove that device. I don't want to simply unplug an external hard drive for example. But rather, I want to use this Safe Removal option. I'll go ahead and switch to the desktop display, and I'll open up the File Explorer and navigate to my thumb drive.

This is a USB storage device that allows me to transfer files very easily among a wide variety of computers. I had some files on this device, but I've moved them to a new location on my computer, and so I'm all finished working with this device. I'm ready to unplug it, but I don't want to simply unplug. Now at the moment, that actually happens to be a perfectly safe action to perform, because no files are currently being transferred onto or off of this device. And actually, the greatest risk comes from situations where I'm copying files onto this device.

And then I unplug it midstream, because that will cause file corruption. There will be incomplete files on the device. If I'm copying files off of the device, there's not as much risk involved. But still, it's a good habit to get into to always use the Safe Removal option. I'll go ahead and close the File Explorer, and then down on the taskbar, you'll see that I have a Devices and Printers option. Now, if you don't have that available directly on the taskbar, you can simply click that little upward pointing arrow and you'll find it on the popup that appears.

But I have mine right here, so I'll go ahead and click on that thumbnail, and that will bring up a menu. You'll notice that, in addition to being able to go to the Devices and Printers Setup, I can also Eject any of the devices that are connected to my computer. Now you want to be very careful to select the right device. For example, I most certainly don't want eject my C drive, because that's the primary hard drive that I'm using on this computer. Rather, I want to eject my external storage device, my USB thumb drive. And so all I need to do is click on that option, click on the name of that device, in this case, it's called Cruiser. And so I can click the Eject Cruiser option.

And you'll see a small popup that indicates it is now safe to remove that device. If it were not safe, because files were in use or being transferred to or from the device, you will receive a message indicating that, and you most certainly should not unplug the device. But in this case, I've followed the proper procedure, my device is ready to remove. And so I can go ahead and just unplug it from the USB port.

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  1. 2m 3s
    1. Welcome
      2m 3s
  2. 31m 6s
    1. A Windows 8 overview
      3m 53s
    2. Changing your environment
      3m 5s
    3. Customizing live tiles
      4m 14s
    4. Helpful keyboard shortcuts
      3m 41s
    5. Using gestures
      4m 18s
    6. Handwriting recognition on a tablet
      3m 7s
    7. Creating and using a picture password
      3m 25s
    8. Working with your account
      3m 0s
    9. Power options
      2m 23s
  3. 1h 2m
    1. Basics of Metro applications
      3m 24s
    2. Working with a typical application
      4m 10s
    3. Updating applications
      2m 27s
    4. Browsing with Internet Explorer 10
      5m 58s
    5. Managing contacts with People
      4m 29s
    6. Configuring and using Mail
      5m 41s
    7. Connecting with Messenger
      4m 16s
    8. Staying organized with Calendar
      6m 7s
    9. Finding places with Maps
      6m 3s
    10. Getting more applications in the Windows Store
      3m 43s
    11. Purchasing applications
      2m 54s
    12. Organizing the Start screen
      2m 59s
    13. Accessing all applications
      2m 47s
    14. Running applications side by side
      3m 28s
    15. Closing applications
      2m 11s
    16. Unpinning or removing applications
      2m 4s
  4. 28m 0s
    1. Working with photos
      5m 56s
    2. Sharing photos
      3m 29s
    3. Copying videos to your computer
      3m 36s
    4. Watching movies and TV shows
      2m 23s
    5. Playing music
      4m 9s
    6. Using the Reader
      3m 59s
    7. Sharing with SkyDrive
      4m 28s
  5. 28m 13s
    1. Accessing and personalizing the desktop
      4m 55s
    2. Using desktop applications
      2m 23s
    3. Window sizing
      2m 57s
    4. Creating a desktop shortcut
      3m 8s
    5. Working with the File Explorer
      6m 11s
    6. Safely removing a device
      2m 51s
    7. Using the Recycle Bin
      3m 12s
    8. Snipping for screen captures
      2m 36s
  6. 18m 7s
    1. Changing Windows settings
      4m 20s
    2. Protecting your PC with Windows Defender
      5m 20s
    3. Adding devices
      2m 56s
    4. Printing
      2m 53s
    5. Backing up your files
      2m 38s

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