Un-mounting an external HDD

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

  1. bp1000 macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2011
    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


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    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

    Jun 26, 2010
    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

    Jul 7, 2011
    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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