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

davidg4781

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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?
 

simonsi

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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....
 

davidg4781

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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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