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How dangerous is unplugging a USB device without ejecting it?

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Imagine you’ve plugged your thumb drive into your computer to upload a video of your child’s first steps. The file was downloaded successfully, so you unplug it without thinking. In an instant, you corrupted all the data on the drive including the video. Fortunately, this doesn’t have to transpire if you take the proper steps to removing a USB device.

Most people will tell you to never unplug your device prior to ejecting it, even though most of us have done that without any consequences. There are risks, however.

Imagine you’ve plugged your thumb drive into your computer to upload a video of your child’s first steps. The file was downloaded successfully, so you unplug it without thinking. In an instant, you corrupted all the data on the drive including the video. Fortunately, this doesn’t have to transpire if you take the proper steps to removing a USB device.

Most people will tell you to never unplug your device prior to ejecting it, even though most of us have done that without any consequences. There are risks, however.

One of two things may happen if you remove the device before ejecting it:

1.Nothing. Your data will remain unchanged and you will cause no harm to the USB device or to the computer

2.The device can become corrupted, along with all its contents. This is sometimes reparable, but can be extremely frustrating nonetheless

Although many people can just unplug their devices without causing any harm, it is still best to eject it first to avoid the inconvenience of lost data that is always a possible consequence.

For a guide to quickly and easily ejecting your devices check out this article.