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Properly eject your USB storage devices

Your camera, external hard drive, card readers, mobile phones, iPods, or any electronic with storage capacity has the ability to be plugged into your computer.

Learning how to eject is crucial as it can prevent data corruption on your devices.

Do not detach the device or cable from the computer.

To properly eject it, go to the bottom right of your screen, look for the green check on the USB device, single-click to bring up the menu, and choose your device to stop it.

USB screen
This screenshot is for Windows 7 Ultimate. Your screen may differ from this image.

Shutting down your computer will not eject the device properly because data could be transferring during the shutdown process. Follow the instructions provided and your data will be secure.