Configure removable hard drives on your Windows PC
In this short video tutorial, we’ll show you the steps you should take after adding a new removable hard drive to your PC. If you don’t follow these guidelines, the chances of getting corrupted data on your drive when you remove it are much higher. Based on user feedback, we’ve revised this tutorial to show a better, less confusing method of selecting the correct drive to configure.
Still using Windows XP? For a Windows XP version of this tutorial, click here.
Windows 8 users – You can access Administrative Tools on your machine by first searching for “Control Panel” on the Start screen, then searching for “Administrative Tools” on the Control Panel.
Windows 10 users – This process is virtually identical on your machines. There are some subtle differences that we’ll discuss in the additional notes.
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If you are using removable drives for backup, or to store programs on, you should also watch the video tutorial on changing drive letters in Windows Vista / Windows 7.
Windows 10 users – The disk device properties window has changed a little in Windows 10, though it’s basically just a wording change. The picture below shows the new window (click on the image to enlarge it).
To configure the drive as a removable device, make sure “Quick removal” is selected. This will automatically disable the write caching options in the bottom of the window.
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