Windows 10 no longer optimizes external storage devices for Better Performance since the October 2018 update. Windows 10 instead brings Quick Removal as the default policy.
By using Quick Removal as the default policy of Windows 10 then you can unplug your storage device without having to use Safely Remove Hardware. This is a tempting new option compared to Better Performance which functions as a system controller between Windows and external devices and requires us to unplug external devices using Safely Remove Hardware.
Quick Removal is indeed a good breakthrough. Using this policy Windows will write data to the drive as quickly as possible and this ensures you can unplug the USB drive or other external storage device without having to use the Safely Remove option. But did you know, that maybe another program is writing to your USB drive in the background, so I suggest you keep using the Safely Remove Hardware option before unplugging it to reduce the risk of data corruption.
The disadvantage of this Quick Removal policy is that it can slow down or even stop the application you are using until the saving process is complete. This is in contrast to the Better Performance policy.
If you want to enable Better Performance so you don’t get distracted by copying files from/to your USB drive, then you can do that separately for each of your external storage devices. Windows will remember this setting every time you use the USB drive. However, this option will not apply if you plug the USB drive into another PC or you use another USB drive in your PC.
How to Enable Better Performance
- Make sure you have connected an external storage device to your PC.
- Open the Disk Management tool to control your USB drive. To open it, press Win key + X or right-click Start on Windows 10 and select Disk Management from the list. (For Windows 7, press Win + R, type diskmgmt.msc and press Enter).
- Find your disk drive in the Disk Management window. Then right click on it and select Properties. (Right-click on Disk 2/3/4 etc, not on the USB drive name you provided). If you are not sure which disk drive is your external storage device, you can check File Explorer before continuing.
- In the Properties window, click the Policies tab. Here you will see that the default policy is set to Quick Removal.
- To change it please select Better performance. You should also enable the Enable write caching on the device setting for better performance.
- Click OK to save changes.
Note: Do not enable the option Turn off Windows write-cache buffer flushing on the device unless your external storage device has separate power as this can cause data to be lost if your computer suddenly shuts down.