accidentally unplugged external hard drive while in use

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  1. furcalchick macrumors 68020

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    today, while i had the external hard drive in my macbook, i accidentally unplugged my external hard drive (the only file i had open from the external was a movie), and it was copying nothing at the time. i am wondering if this little error will cause data damage to the hard drive (this is the first or second time in the year plus i had it that i did not properly eject the hard drive) or do i have to do it over and over again for data damage to happen. i'm concerned because i think a file got wiped (but then again, that file had a bunch of problems reading before the power shutoff today and likely wouldn't have played anyway). should i be concerned about any data damage to my computer or am i fine? thanks.
     
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    The best thing to do is to open Disk Utility and verify the drive. Chances are you'll be OK, but that'll let you know.
     
  3. TEG macrumors 604

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    Doubtful, as I have this happen all the time (loose USB connector on my PC Card). Nothing bad has happened, but still use Disk Utility to check or worst case TechTool Pro could help.

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  4. furcalchick thread starter macrumors 68020

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    here's the disk utility report i did just now on the external drive (it's partitioned into a data storage volume(the ted) and a backup drive(larry)).

    seems as if i'm okay here.
     
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  6. imaketouchtheme macrumors 65816

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    I have never actually used the eject button on any external drives I have plugged into my Mac. The only reason that's there is to prevent you from pulling it when it's writing something to it. If you do hit eject when it's writing, it won't eject it.

    I've accidently unplugged my iPod Nano while it was syncing music over, and it made me restore it.

    D:
     
  7. ghking macrumors regular

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    yeah its not a huge deal. it happens. nothing really bad will happen most of the time
     
  8. furcalchick thread starter macrumors 68020

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    ok. thanks. i'm just a double and triple check nut.
     
  9. hayleybeth macrumors newbie

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    Accidentally unplugged external hard drive

    hi, i am not very savvy when it comes to technical stuff. i just accidentally unplugged my hard drive, that contains a lot of footage, from the wall socket. i then turned off my computer, unplugged the hard drive from the back of my mac and then restarted my computer, and i still do not see the hard drive!!!! is there anything i can do? please respond as if you are talking to someone who has very little experience with this, i need to be hand held basically.....your insights are much appreciated!!! ~hayley
     
  10. alexalvarez macrumors newbie

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    hey

    I have the same problem did you find any solution?
     

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