How Do You Eject a Flash Drive in Windows 7?

Flash drives are tiny, portable file storage systems that are meant to be shared between multiple computers. You simply copy files from one computer to the flash drive so that those files can be viewed and edited on a different computer. It is one of the best ways to quickly move files.

But flash drives need to be properly ejected from a computer so that the files stored on them do not become corrupt. You can do this by learning how to eject a flash drive from your Windows 7 computer in our tutorial below.

How to Safely Eject a Flash Drive in Windows 7

Occasionally you may encounter a situation where Windows 7 will not allow you to eject the flash drive because it is currently in use. This can occur if there is an open program that is using a file on the flash drive. This can typically be fixed by closing the program that is using the flash drive.

Other times there may be a process that is running on the flash drive that cannot be terminated. If this occurs, then the safest solution is to shut down the computer, remove the flash drive, then turn the computer back on.

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Step 1: Click the upward-pointing arrow at the bottom-right corner of the screen.

locate the icon to remove the flash drive

Step 2: Right-click the Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media icon. Sometimes this icon may actually be in your taskbar, but you are looking for the icon identified below.

right-click the safely remove hardware and eject media icon

Step 3: Click the flash drive from the list of ejectable drives and media.

select the flash drive to eject

Step 4: Remove the flash drive from the computer when Windows indicates that it is safe to do so.

how to eject a flash drive from a windows 7 computer

Now that you know how to eject a flash drive in Windows 7, you can use these steps to make sure that you don’t accidentally corrupt any of the data on the device.

Are you having difficulty putting files from your computer onto your flash drive? This article can help.

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