external hard drive question

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by fjs08, Nov 17, 2006.

  1. fjs08 macrumors 65816

    Jun 25, 2003
    I just received my Western Digital My Book external Hard drive. Works great. But how do I go about shutting that down in the morning without shutting down the Mac. I start everything up, work a while, then head off to the office. SHOULD I shut everything down, and then restart the Mac at the office, or can I just put the Mac to sleep and shut the power off to everything else?? I don't want to screw up the external hard drive.

  2. 4np macrumors 6502a


    Feb 23, 2005
    The Netherlands
    Normally, just drag it to your trash bin to 'eject' the harddisk (like you would to with any other device) and just turn the harddisk off after that.
  3. blodwyn macrumors 65816

    Jul 28, 2004
    Portland, Oregon
    The MyBook's shut themselves down when you unmount them, so no need to drop the power to them. Just eject them from your Mac, unplug the USB/ FW cable, sleep your Mac and head to the office. Just make sure you eject the MyBook before you pull the USB/FW cable otherwise data corruption is possible - unlikely but possible.

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