Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 10 has a feature called “quick removal” that lets you yank a drive at any moment, and it’s now the default setting for each new drive you plug in as of Windows 10 version 1809, according to Microsoft’s own support guidance.
Basically, quick removal keeps Windows from continuously trying to write to a flash drive, which could help in the event of you pulling out the drive.
This feature became available back in October when version 1809 first started rolling out. It just so happens to be making the rounds now that the company’s notifying IT professionals that the update is being deployed more broadly.
There hasn’t always been a clear cut line on the relevance of the safely remove. Even Microsoft has not been clear on these two schools of thought for a while and the operating system definitely still has the Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media feature.
So now, the process of safely ejecting a flash drive can be one of those things you tell your kids about, one of those “Do you remember this thing that olds used to do?”