I KNEW IT!

You've heard of the "dangers" of losing your data if you don't "safely remove" your USB flash drive from your computer before taking it out of the port. It's been there since the beginning of flash drives and USB ports. It's probably a natural thing for you to do at this point. Or, you can be like me and just pull that sucker out.

Turns out that just pulling the thing out of the computer without ejecting it is A-okay. Well, as long as you have at least Windows 10, and you're not transferring data when you do it.

From The Verge:

Well, Microsoft is confirming once and for all that — in Windows 10 — it’s no longer a thing you need to worry about. Windows 10 has a feature called “quick removal” that lets you yank a drive anytime (so long as you’re not actively writing files to it), 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 you disconnect it.

There's even rumors that Windows has had your flash drive protected since Windows 7.

So, there you have it. Next time you're transferring files via a USB flash drive, and you're all done. Just pull it out. That's quite a few less clicks you have to go through to carry on with your day.