Re: Safely Remove Hardware
If it is not a flash drive, that has a medium, you don't have to safely remove it. (mouse, keyboard, headphones, etc)
For flash drives, cameras, any flash media (sd), etc; I go by this rule. If there is no transferring of files between it, it is safe to remove.
Meaning, if you were transferring a file into/from it, and you release it before it is done, you risk corrupting it.
But, If you are done moving files, nothing being transferred, it is safe.
I have done this since XP, when it was first introduced. You will be taught in college to safely remove it, but I never did. Never lost a flash drive.