Safely removing a Flash Drive

How To Safely Remove USB storage device

When you are finished using the drive on the computer, be sure to Safely Remove it.

For Windows be sure to click on the 'Safely remove USB Mass Storage Device' icon on the taskbar before unplugging it. 

You should see an icon similar to this in the system tray.

(Note: The icon may be hidden. If so, click the arrow to show the hidden system tray icons, click the Safely remove hardware icon, then click 'Eject USB Flash Drive'.)


Alternate option: Open your 'My Computer' (WinXP), or 'Computer' (Windows Vista/7), or 'This PC' (Windows 8/8.1) folder, find the drive letter that is assigned to your Centon USB drive, right-click on its icon, then left-click on 'Eject'.




  • It is important to use the Add/Remove Hardware wizard before physically unplugging a device to avoid data loss or other serious malfunctions of the computer or device.

How To Safely Remove Flash Cards in a Card Reader
If using a Flash Storage card (i.e. CompactFlash, Secure Digital, MMC, etc.) in a card reader, right-click on the drive letter for the card and click Eject.

Mac OS 9 or OS X

Under the Macintosh operating system, simply drag the icon for the drive from the desktop to your trash bin.
Click the Finder, select the item and click the Eject button next to its name.

Before using the "Safely Remove Hardware" tool in any operating system....


    • Make sure that all files that you opened from your DataStick, MP3/MP4 player or SpinDrive are closed.


  • Exit any application that may have files open that are stored on the DataStick, MP3/MP4 player or SpinDrive.

This will allow you to safely remove your DataStick, MP3/MP4 player, or SpinDrive, and avoid error messages like "Problem Ejecting USB Mass Storage Device". This also will help in protecting the device and the data stored on it from any damage.

Centon always recommends that you follow the above "Safely Remove Hardware" procedures for any DataStick, MP3/MP4 player, or SpinDrive you may own.