Removing External HD

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ibis99, Apr 4, 2011.

  1. ibis99 macrumors regular

    Jul 14, 2010
    Is it ok to unplug the External Hard Drive from my iMac while the system is turned off without turning it on and ejecting it the proper way?
  2. Jolly Giant macrumors 6502a

    Jolly Giant

    Sep 15, 2010
    Hamburg, Germany
    as long as your Mac is shut down, you can do that without problems.
  3. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    It is one way. If you properly ejected the external HDD and all its partitions via Finder, then you can safely remove the cables while the Mac is running. No need to shut the Mac down for that.
  4. mstrze macrumors 68000

    Nov 6, 2009
    I don't see anything wrong with that if the computer is not on and the drive is not being accessed.

    The computer doesn't necessarily remember it had a drive connected when it starts back up. It just scans the ports to determine what is connected now so when you power it back up it looks 'around' to see what's there and will re-connect to the drive. If a drive is not plugged in, it won't show.

    Don't do it while powered-up though, the disc may get corrupted.

    And I would suggest powering down the drive/turning it off first too before unhooking it.
  5. ibis99 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 14, 2010
    Common Sense

    Thanks folks.

    I figured as long as it's shut down there shouldn't be an issue since it's, for all intents and purposes' "not thinking".

    Just making sure.

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