If you’ve ever wondered about properly ejecting a flash drive vs just yanking it out of the computer – you always want to eject. Windows *tries* to ensure you won’t corrupt your flash drive if you just pull it out, but it can’t ensure it – and all it takes is that one time and you lose everything… So be sure to eject the drive before removing it!

Do I Really Need to Eject USB Drives Before Removing Them?
Dear Lifehacker,Some of my computers (like my Mac) are always warning me about disconnecting flash drives without ejecting, while Windows doesn’t seem to have a problem—in fact, my external USB drive doesn’t even have an eject option.