The Pullout Method

I’ve gotten into many arguments regarding the proper removal of USB flash drives from computers. I say you have to click to eject, others say just take it out.

Doing a bit of research I found this article by Rob Verger in Popular Science:

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=”17″]Pull a USB flash drive out of your Mac without first clicking to eject it, and you’ll get a stern, shameful warning: Disk Not Ejected Properly.”[/perfectpullquote]

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=”17″]But do you really need to eject a thumb drive the right way?[/perfectpullquote]

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=”17″]Probably not. Just wait for it to finish copying your data, give it a few seconds, then yank. To be on the cautious side, be more conservative with external hard drives, especially the old ones that actually spin.[/perfectpullquote]

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=”17″]That’s not the official procedure, nor the most conservative approach. And in a worst-case scenario, you risk corrupting a file or — even more unlikely — the entire storage device.[/perfectpullquote]

I hate this. Doing it wrong can create a corrupt file. A corrupt file can basically destroy the USB flash drive. I’ve lost a whole external hard drive because of accidental Disk Not Ejected Properly” notices.

Do it the right way.