Is this a Leopard issue or just something that is found with OS X: I have an external drive connected to my C2D MacBook for Time Machine use via USB. If I leave it connected to the MacBook and restart or start up from a cold start I get a "bong" with the grey screen, but it won't actually get into Leopard. Is this normal? Am I supposed to only connect after it's been restarted and/or started up from a cold start? Or am I supposed to "eject" the drive in OS X, but still leave it connected to the MacBook in order to avoid? I'm also asking, since I'm going to get my parents an iMac for Xmas, and if I can't leave it connected at all times this will drive my Dad crazy. Which in turn will drive me crazy since he will bug me about it. I guess that's not too bad of a trade off, considering I've rebuilt their XP machine 5 times over the past 6 years. Thanks, and if this is somewhere in the forums I apologize but I couldn't seem to locate anything on this.