Are you supposed to eject an external hardrive before shutting down?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Absolute-Zero, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. Absolute-Zero macrumors newbie

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    I have an external hardrive that mounts automatically when I turn on my mac, but before shutting down I don't eject it so its still on the desktop. Is that safe? I tried googleing it but I cant get a solid answer. Also can the same be said about generic mp3 players? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Nermal Moderator

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    #2
    All drives are automatically unmounted as part of the shutdown process.
     
  3. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    I'd just like to second Nermal's reply above.

    As a part of the shutdown process, whatever you happen to have "mounted" on the desktop automatically gets ejected before shutdown.

    Once the Mac has gone dark and the power is off, you can then physically disconnect what you had connected.
     
  4. SHADO macrumors 6502a

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    I always eject anything before I shut down, but that's just personal preference.
     
  5. iPhoneCollector macrumors 6502a

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    There's no need to do that if you computer is turned off there's obviosly no data trafic
     

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