Not Ejecting Your Ipod

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Adam Chase, May 1, 2006.

  1. Adam Chase macrumors member

    Oct 8, 2005
    Does everyone here always eject there ipod before disconnecting? I try to most of the time but theem im in a rush for school i just yank her out. What do you think would happen with not ejecting to often?
  2. eva01 macrumors 601


    Feb 22, 2005
    Gah! Plymouth
    it can ruin the HD if it is in the middle of something or just cause the iPod to freeze.

    I always eject my iPod no matter how much of a hurry i am in.
  3. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030


    Jun 15, 2005
    Most people will tell you it won't do any damage if it's not writing anything at the time. But there's always that risk that it just might do some damage.
  4. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    I'm sometimes tempted to turn off disk mode just not to have to eject the bugger, I like the simplicity of my wife's iPod mini. Plug it in, wait, unplug at will.

  5. GilGrissom macrumors 65816


    Mar 13, 2005
    Indeed. I agree.

    I've done it once or twice (accidently at times, when it simply wouldn't seem to eject, or it looked like it had ejected but when I removed it OS X moaned).

    Most of the time it's fine, though it has froze on me a few time when I don't eject it, as eva01 said.
  6. Electro Funk macrumors 65816

    Electro Funk

    Dec 8, 2005
    The Opium Garden
    i did it once with my 60gig and when i got in the car it said there was no music on the pod! there was around 40gigs... then iTunes wouldnt recogize it either... had to reformat the drive through disc utility... was fine after that...
  7. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    The iPod has moving parts, so I'd say it is a bad idea to pull it out without properly ejecting it.

    For a Flash based iPod I wouldn't worry too much.
  8. andysmith macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2004
    West Mids, UK
    I only enable disk mode when I need it, so I have the convenience of just pulling it out whenever.

    It's nothing to do with moving parts - if data's being written to it at the time you disconnect it, you've still got as much chance of corrupting the filesystem.
  9. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    No, it has something to do with moving parts.
  10. rye9 macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2005
    New York (not NYC)
    So when you "Enable Disk mode" on an iPod, all you have to do to eject it is click the symbol next to the iPod "menu" on the left side of the iTunes window, right? Just the extra half a second step?
  11. Revlimit Punk macrumors regular

    Revlimit Punk

    Jan 8, 2006
    The worse thing that can happen to you if you don't "safely eject" your iPod is locking it up and damage the data stored on it.
    No physical damage is done to it though, formatting the iPod will make it work as good as new.
  12. GilGrissom macrumors 65816


    Mar 13, 2005
    I'm thinking you're both right. Data transfer will be a big part of it, but I'm sure there is also an extra risk with a spinning hard drive when compared to flash memory, maybe not as much, but I'm guessing there is at least a small chance of something there.

    But ye, not putting it into disk mode is great. I love the ease of my girlfriends shuffle.
  13. revenuee macrumors 68020


    Sep 13, 2003
    A place where i am supreme emporer
    i didn't correctly eject my Firewire drive for several weeks and at the end of it all it had so many bad sectors that no amount of Disk Utility, Disk Rescue, Disk Warrior, or any other hard drive repair/recovery software i ran against it could save the wedding video i had on it.

    Moral of the story for me was to ALWAYS eject
  14. sam10685 macrumors 68000


    Feb 2, 2006
    Portland, OR
    my brother has a 5th gen... he usually ejects it but when he's on the way out the door, he just yoinks it. it seems fine. i tried to disable disk use in itunnes preferences but the box is greyed out and i can't disable it. what can i do? i don't even know how disk use works.
  15. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

    Scarlet Fever

    Jul 22, 2005
    Delete all files on the iPod from the Finder, then try again. It won't let you disable disc use until you don't have any need for it.

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