External Hard Drive Woes

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by NMF, Jul 5, 2012.

  1. NMF macrumors 6502a


    Oct 27, 2011
    So about that whole "ejecting" thing... is that really necessary with OSX? I never, ever bothered to do it on my old Windows machines and nothing ever came of it. Now it seems that I've corrupted my Time Machine backups by not ejecting properly... unless that's just a Time Machine thing? I'm so confused.

    Also, how does that work with docking the MacBook Air to a Thunderbolt Display? Do I have to eject the external HD's plugged in to the TB display every single time I want to undock the MBA? Jesus I hope not...

    Oh, and what about symbolic links and external HD's? If I symlink say, my Pictures folder, will OSX freak out when I start doing work at school without the external plugged in?

  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Yes, you should always eject disks before unplugging them.

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