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We do not believe that every Windows user needs to change this option. Despite the alluring "better performance," the default "fast removal" policy is fine for most people.
Fast removal vs. Better Performance
Windows There are several "guidelines" that you can choose for external storage devices that are connected via USB or Thunderbolt, such as USB 2.0. For example, a USB stick or an external hard drive. Each storage device has its own policy setting, so you can choose different policies for different devices.
By default, Windows 10 now uses the Quick Removal policy. When you write to the drive, Windows writes the data to the drive as fast as possible. This will ensure that you can remove the USB drive without using the Safely Remove Hardware option – theoretically. You may be writing a program in the background on your USB drive anyway. Therefore we recommend it against it. This dramatically reduces the risk of data corruption if you safely remove the storage media before disconnecting it from the network.
However, this can slow down your applications. For example, if you save a file to an external drive, the program you are using might pause and wait for the save process to complete before you can continue working.
The Better Performance option eliminates this slowdown. With this option, Windows saves writes to the drive and keeps the applications running as if they had already written the data. Windows will then do the writing in the background. This can make applications crisper.
On the other hand, this can lead to data loss in some situations. Users believe their files have been saved and remove the drive. However, the data was not really saved. Now the files on the drive may be damaged. Therefore, you should use the Safely Remove Hardware option before removing a drive in Windows. Windows is prompted to write all cached data to disk to ensure that all data is secure before the drive is removed.
It is unclear how much "better performance" you will experience in practice. This depends on the speed of your external storage device, how the application you are using bypasses writing data, and how much data you write at a particular time. Microsoft believes that the default "fast removal" is sufficient for most users and that priority is given to avoiding data loss. After all, many people do not bother removing devices safely before they are disconnected from the network. This makes "quick removal" a superior solution for many users because it reduces the risk of data loss if a drive is not safely removed.
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Enable Better Performance
If you want to enable "better performance," you need to do this for every external storage device you use connect to your computer individually. Windows will, however, remember this setting. If you change this option for a USB flash drive, it will always be used if you connect the same USB drive to your current PC. This option is not included if you connect another USB drive to your current PC or if you move the USB drive to another PC.
First, make sure you have connected the external storage device to your PC. You can then control this setting through the disk management utility. To open, right-click the Start button in Windows 10 and choose Disk Management. (If you are using Windows 7, press Windows + R and type "
diskmgmt.msc " in the window and press Enter to start the disk manager.)
Locate the name of the disk at the bottom of the Disk Management window, right-click it, and choose Properties. Right-click on the name on the left side of the list.
If you are not sure which hard drive your external storage device is, look at the drive letter shown here. You can check in the File Explorer under which drive letter your external storage device is, if necessary.
Click the Policies tab and select "Better Performance" under Removal Policy to use this policy. Microsoft also recommends that you change the setting Enable Write Cache on Device Enable under Write Cache Policy if you select the Better Performance option.
Enable the Disable Windows Write Cache Cache on Device option only if you are using External memory device has a separate power supply, which can result in data loss if your computer experiences a power outage
Click OK to confirm This change only applies to this particular USB device, and you need to repeat this process in order to save it to use other devices.
Remember to safely remove devices before physically disconnecting them from your PC!
If you change your mind, you can return to the device properties window and select "Quick removal (default)" instead.
Microsoft's statement that this is a new standard The latest version of Windows 10 is somewhat confusing for us. We found that "quick removal" on some of our devices was the default even in Windows 7. Maybe it was just the default on some devices and is now the default on all devices. In any case, you must manually turn on the Better Performance option if you want.