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Stop your flash drive from yelling about fake problems every time you plug it in

Ian Paul | Feb. 18, 2015
Windows is full of cryptic error messages, but few are more annoying than seeing a warning every time you plug in a USB drive. You know the one I'm talking about: "There's a problem with this drive. Scan the drive now and fix it."

With your USB drive plugged in, right-click the Start button in Windows 8.1 and choose Device Manager.

In the next window, click Disk drives, right-click the name of your USB drive, and choose Properties. Another window opens: Click the Policies tab, then click the Quick removal radio button, and finally select OK. Close the device manager window and you're done.

There's still a small risk that data on a USB drive can become corrupted with write caching disabled, but it does allow you to just yank out the USB drive without ejecting it first. — at least in Windows. If you use the same drive on a non-Windows system you'll still have to eject it properly or suffer the wrath of the Windows error message.

 

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