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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