Un-mounting an external HDD

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by bp1000, Dec 26, 2011.

  1. bp1000 macrumors 65816

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    I've always religiously un-mounted an external drive / USB stick correctly.

    I'm getting lazy and wondered if i could provoke data loss or even damage if i just yank the USB cable out if my mba is on / sleeping.

    The drive has all of my videos / lossless music so i use it to stream to airport express and apple tv. It also does my time machine backups.

    If the mba is sleeping could i pull out the USB cable without data loss?
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Yes, you could lose data if you just pull out the cord. It takes almost no time to eject a hard drive... keep doing what you are doing.
     
  3. minifridge1138 macrumors 6502a

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    Technically, it is possible that you would lose some data.

    To be safe, always eject.

    I don't always and have never had a problem, but I like to live dangerously.
     
  4. bp1000 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    ok no problem

    like you say it doesn't take a second to open the lid and un-mount


    i should stop being so lazy :D:rolleyes:
     

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