Safely Remove USB Drives Just by Unplugging Them
This is for all versions of Windows 7 only!!!
I have ALWAYS taught you to properly and safely remove any USB device by clicking on the USB device icon near the clock. Well, it appears you no longer have to do this in Windows 7 if you have set up the Device Manager properly. This only works for USB drives.
Most Windows users have become conditioned over time to never unplug a USB flash drive or hard drive without first clicking Safely Remove Hardware in the System Tray.
Why is that necessary? In theory, it's to ensure that Windows isn't busy reading from or writing to the drive when you remove it, something that could result in corrupted data or even a damaged drive.
As it turns out, however, you can safely sidestep Safely Remove Hardware with little to no loss of performance. In fact, this option may already be enabled on your system, and you just didn't know it. Yep, you may have been wasting extra clicks all this time.
So, what are giving up by disabling write caching? According to the test results posted at 7tutorials, almost nothing. The performance impact was negligible. Your mileage may vary, of course, but I think it's worth a few milliseconds to avoid the hassles of having to mess with Safely Remove Hardware all the time.
This information has been copied from PCWorld without permission. Rick Broida of PCWorld is the original author.