The Universal Serial Bus (USB) standard, which was developed in the 90s, remains the most common way through which a wide variety of devices can be connected to a computer. These devices include printers, mice, keyboards and USB drives.

Universal Wisdom: Properly Eject USB Drivers

The common wisdom that has existed among computer users over the years is that USB drives need be ejected in the proper way that Windows has designated. To do so, you must right click on the USB icon in your computer’s system tray before clicking on eject.

The Reality

However, the reality is that most of us, for one reason or the other, simply unplug our USB drives without bothering with the proper ejection procedure. The question, therefore, is, what, if any, damage can be wrought to your drives by improperly removing them from your computer? In any case, why do we even have to bother following the laid down ejection process?

Scan, Review and Update the Drivers on Your PC Using DriverAssist

Before answering that, it is important to take note of the important role that drivers play on your computer. Although computers would not be able to function without them, the fact is that many people neglect their PCs’ drivers.

Defining Drivers

A computer’s drivers are an important component that allows hardware devices, such as USB Drives, to communicate with its Operation System. They therefore need to be kept up to date to avoid problems that include a slowing down computer and failure by some devices to be identified and used properly.

SafeBytes DriverAssist

Although there are many utilities out there that claim to be able to keep your computer’s drivers updated, none of them work as well as SafeBytes DriverAssist. DriverAssist is a lightweight driver management tool that scans through your computer, identifies out of date drivers and updates them with the current available versions.

Why USB Drives Need to Be Ejected Properly?

Removing a USB drive while it is in use can cause damage, both to the device and to the data that is contained on it. Chances of this happening are greater if you have enabled caching, where Windows does not immediately write data to a drive, but temporarily stores it on a cache. Prematurely removing the drive in this case could lead to a corruption of your data.

Caching Is Not Automatic

The good news is that you must have manually enabled caching for it to happen. What this means is that, usually, no harm will probably result from the improper removal of a USB drive.

Safely Eject USB Drives with DriverAssist.

So, should you continue to improperly eject your USB drives? The short answer is; no. The security protocol that Microsoft has put in place is there for a reason. You may get away with taking risks a thousand times, but when something bad happens, it could turn out to have inconceivable repercussions.

To keep your data safe, we recommend that you use SafeBytes DriverAssist, a device driver manager that comes with Safe USB Management and Eject. With it, not only don’t you have to worry about manually updating your computer’s drivers, but you will also have peace of mind knowing that your USB Drives can, in as straightforward a manner as is possible, be safely and easily ejected.