On Windows 10, you no longer have to safely eject an external drive or a USB. There is a setting that you have to change and once you change it, you can just remove/disconnect the drive. If you haven’t turned it off, or you’re just in the habit of ejecting drives safely, you might want to make it easier to do with a keyboard shortcut. In order to eject a USB drive with a keyboard shortcut, we’re going to use an app called USB Disk Ejector.
Eject USB drive with keyboard shortcut
Download USB Disk Ejector. Connect the drive you want to be able to eject with a keyboard shortcut to your system, and then launch the app.
Click the More button at the bottom left and select Options. Go to the Hotkeys tab and open the dropdown. Select how you want your USB drive to be identified i.e., by drive label, drive letter, mount point, or by drive name. Once you’ve selected identification criteria, enter it by selecting your drive from the dropdown below it.
Finally, record a hotkey/keyboard shortcut for it. Click Add, and minimize the app to the system tray.
With the app running in the system tray, you can use the defined keyboard shortcut to eject the USB drive.
You can use any of the supported methods to identify and eject a drive. If your PC dynamically assigns drive letters e.g., whichever USB drive you connect to your system is going to be assigned the letter E, you can use it to eject almost all drives. You will have to create a few different shortcuts so that you can still use them to eject drives when there is more than one drive connected to your system i.e., create shortcuts for ejecting drives E, F, and G.
If you’d like for a shortcut to be for one particular drive, you can use either the label or the name criteria. Give your drive a name, and it will always stick no matter how many other drives are connected to your system.
USB Disk Ejector works with USB disks, and with card readers. It won’t work with other types of devices that need to be ejected before they can be removed. One easy way to check if the app will be able to eject a particular device/drive is to connect it to your system and look at the app’s window. If the drive shows up as a connected device, you will be able to map a shortcut that can eject it.