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How to Safely Remove USB Flash Drives From Chromebook



chromebook with usb stick
Joe Fedewa

You have probably heard how to always safely “eject” a USB stick before disconnecting it. On Windows, it’s a really simple process, but what about a Chromebook? Do you still have to do it? How does it work?

Why you should “eject”
; before unplugging

Before we talk about how to safely remove a USB drive from a Chromebook, you might want to know why this is important.

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The main thing that you risk when you pull out a USB drive is data loss. If data is being written to the disc, you can interrupt that process by deleting it. Telling the operating system to “eject” the disk before physically removing it will ensure that all processes are terminated.

If you know the drive is idle, it won’t hurt to pull it out right away. Sometimes this is indicated by an LED on the drive itself. The light blinks when data is being read or written.

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The moral of the story is that you never want to remove a USB stick when it’s in the middle of a process. The “eject” option simply ensures that you have no data loss and that all data processes are safely stopped.

How to remove a USB drive from a Chromebook

Ejecting a USB drive on a Chromebook is different from other platforms. You must open the “Files” app to do this.

Click the App Launcher icon in the lower left corner to see all the apps installed on your Chromebook. From there, open the “Files” app.

Chromebook file manager app

You will see your USB drive in the left sidebar. All you need to do is click the eject icon.

click the eject icon

You can also right-click on the drive and select ‘Eject device’.

right click and eject the drive

If your USB drive has a built-in LED status light, it will blink a few times and then stop. It is now safe to remove the disc. If it doesn’t have a light, wait a few seconds before pulling it out. That’s all there is to it!

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