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Old Mar 15, 2010, 12:20 AM   #1
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What happens if you don't eject a External HD right?

Hi,
I am considering switching from Windows later in the year so I am just in my research phrase.

I have heard you have to unmount an external HD right by clicking the eject icon in Finder, what will happen if I just unplug the USB or Firewire cable from the back of the iMac?

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P.S. Sorry if this is a silly question but still using Windows and the only time I have access at the moment is when I travel 20 Miles to my 'local' Apple Store.
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Usually, nothing. Unless you're writing data. The "eject" option is just there to be sure and it won't let you eject unless the drive is on standby and not moving.
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Thanks iParis, no doubt I will have plenty more super stupid questions before I get my iMac.
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Old Mar 15, 2010, 12:47 AM   #4
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It can vary...especially when going between OS X and Windows.

In my experience, I've had a couple times where I didn't "properly eject" from Windows and the disk wouldn't mount properly in OS X until I plugged it back in to the Windows box and ejected it via the safely remove prompt.

I haven't had much issue with OS X, but I always use the eject prompt just to make sure the disk isn't doing anything that I'd interrupt.
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Windows behaves in exactly the same way as Mac OS X, aside from (in XP) hiding the "safely remove" option in a system tray icon rather than using a simple eject button.
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Windows behaves in exactly the same way as Mac OS X, aside from (in XP) hiding the "safely remove" option in a system tray icon rather than using a simple eject button.
And the fact that the way Windows "ejects" or "safely removes" devices doesn't work half the time. I hate it when a PC says my hard drive or flash drive is busy, yet it isn't doing anything.
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And the fact that the way Windows "ejects" or "safely removes" devices doesn't work half the time. I hate it when a PC says my hard drive or flash drive is busy, yet it isn't doing anything.
I have had this a few times but I must say I do rather like Windows 7, I even used Vista (What was I thinking!)

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I have had this a few times but I must say I do rather like Windows 7, I even used Vista (What was I thinking!)

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