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I work in a public library with a ton of internet PCs. Many of the standard functions of these PCs have been disabled by our IT staff to prevent people from messing them up, intentionally or unintentionally. This creates a few interesting problems and issues, but I can usually work around them. One thing I want to be extra careful about, though, are people's USB flash drives.
One of the things people cannot do when using a USB flash drive is right click on the "safely remove hardware" icon. I think it says something about needing the administrator's account in order to do it. This usually isn't a problem because most people don't even know about doing that sort of thing, but the ones who do are always concerned that they'll lose their stuff if they don't right click-->safely remove hardware. I'll usually turn the PC off completely for them just so they don't freak out.
But really, how necessary is the "safely remove hardware" feature? Common sense tells me that you'd only run the risk of losing data if you're in the middle of writing to the flash drive when you pull it out of the USB port. Am I correct in this assumption? Turning the PC off works ok, I guess, but it takes forever for it to reconnect to the library's network, and I'd be far happier with explaining to people that you don't have to worry that much about using "safely remove hardware".