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What's up with Ejecting

Why do we have to concern ourselves with USB Ejecting?

History of Ejecting

Right from the beginning of home based computers, with the 5½ inch floppy drives had a physical eject button. This was present even in the days of the DVD drives.

The result of ejecting something without saving your work, meant that you would not have the new or newer version to access at a later time and date.

For those people that have been involved with computers over the years, they would have seen this first hand. However, with the elimination of these kinds of devices in cell phone, tablets, & laptops, people are forgetting to eject their devices.

Changes in technologies

As technologies has been changing to make computers faster, the concept of Ejecting has changed too.

Most operating systems today have changed to include code that in simple terms hold your changes to files before adding them to your external device. Much like the idea of burning to a CD or DVD.

Then there is the external device like hard drives. In many of these devices there is an electronic board to help control the transfer and store the data.

Things that could happen

Should an individual remove any external device, they are at risk of losing current to include their past data.

I have known people to ask me why their USB thumb drive does not work anymore. In almost all cases they did not do a software eject. Then there are many devices that do not have an eject option, which means the computer must be shutdown before unpluging that device.

Process of ejecting

With all computers operating systems, individuals need to open the filing systems, such as Windows Explorer, Finder, File Managers, etc. In almost all operating systems, the device will be near the bottom of the left column. In all cases, if the individual right clicks on the device in the list, then there is a drop down menu. There should be an "Eject" option in that menu. If it is not there, then this means that the computer must be shutdown before unplugging the external device.


To sum this up, it is better to be safe than sorry. It is wise to do a software eject or shutdown before removing any external storage device.

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