I have been insistent for years about safe removal of USB drives. I remember a student or two when I was teaching college that pulled their flash drive out too quickly. It was the only device where all their college work was stored. They lost everything.
This reminds me of the need to have a second copy of everything, just in case. I use the Cloud but more on that in another article.
Not sure you have version 1809? Press the Windows key and type winver. Press Enter and a window will pop up showing the version of Windows you are running.
Now let’s check to see what your Removal policy default is set for. Insert a USB drive to check the default settings. The defaults were changed in 1809.
Use Win+X to open the administrative menu then select Disk Management.
Right-click on the label for the Removable drive
Click Properties to open the details about the USB drive you inserted.
Notice that the default Removal Policy is set for Quick Removal. This will be the default for all USB drives. You do not have to do this step for all your drives. You just had to have a drive inserted to see the default settings. If your default is incorrect, select the correct setting and click OK.
This sets my mind at ease about removing external disk devices at the wrong time, however, this does not mean you can just remove the drive at any time. Make sure whatever you were writing to it has finished. Check your screen to see that the operation is done and check the flash drive for the absence of a blinking light.