Safely Remove hardware in Windows XP Pro

It is really neccesary to do the safely remove in windows XP?

I can understand for an external hard drive (park the disc heads?)

But what about on a SD card?

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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Increasingly not but sometimes cached writing to an external device can still be a problem.

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the write caching is where you would have an issue.  As long as write caching is off then you 'should' be able to pull the devices out with no problems.
by the way - just confirming what MASQUERAID said for the most part so if you give points give to him and I'd be happy with a pat on the back lol
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My Computer - Rt. Click on your device - Properties - Hardware tab - select your device - Properties - Policies tab - "Optimize for quick removal" - OK your way out.

Now you can just pull out the device without waiting for the Safely Remove Hardware prompts.

Personally, I always go through the Safely-Remove_Hardware proceedure because in the past I have seen several pendives and externals which have experienced data corruption (although not for quite a while now...)
☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Oh & I nearly forgot - it can cause hell if you're taking an external drive/USB stick from Windows to a Linux install where it will refuse to mount it.
>>  I can understand for an external hard drive (park the disc heads?)   <<   that is not the point - it must have stopped writing - that's all
you can use the fast removal setting  (from device manager on the device properties)

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