My girlfriend just bought her first external HDD because she is transferring stuff from an old computer to her new one before she sells it. I was teaching her that you always need to be sure to select "eject drive" before physically disconnecting the drive. When her new HDD is plugged into her laptop, XP wouldn't show the eject drive option. I just found out how to enable it so she can select eject drive, but in looking at the menu I am not sure if it is necessary to do so. Under Device Manager, and the settings for the hard drive, it has an option for "optimize for quick removal", which disables write caching and allows you to disconnect the drive without using the safe removal icon. The second option is "optimize for performance", which would enable write caching and turn on and require the use of the safely remove hardware menu selection. What, ultimately is the better choice for an external hard drive? I have always been taught to eject a drive before removing it, and as such tell other people to do the same, but now I am not sure what is better. Thanks!!