External HDD>ACD>MBP... do I need to eject??

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by davidg4781, Jan 13, 2014.

  1. davidg4781 macrumors 68000

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    I just bought a 20" ACD and I think I'm starting to really like it... plus it's going to save wear and tear on my couch!

    So I've been experimenting on how I want to have everything hooked up and where. Previously, with just my MBP, I would do Time Machine backups after the notification annoyed me for a week or so, so I'd have to dig out the external HDD, plug it in, and let it do it's thing.

    I'm looking into getting a Twelve South BackPack and leaving it connected to the ACD. Now, when I unplug my MBP from the ACD, do I need to stop, sign on, and eject the disk?

    I'm guessing if it's in the middle of a backup that would be the best thing to do. What about if it's been sitting there for a couple of hours and I'm taking MBP to bed?

    Maybe getting a TC would be best, especially for a MBP? And if I do get an TC or AEBS, would I need to go in and eject it as a network drive before leaving my apartment?
     
  2. simonsi macrumors 601

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    If the drive is showing as mounted (has an eject symbol next to the drive in Finder), then it should be ejected before disconnection. If it isn't you will get a warning from OSX.

    One option would be to use Undock - it means un-mounting ALL external drives can be done with a single key-combo rather than ejecting each one in Finder....
     
  3. davidg4781 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    If my MacBook goes to sleep does it unmount the drives? Like if it's been closed, can I just grab it and leave? This would probably be with a TC since I'm thinking of getting one.
     

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