USB/FW cable disconnection

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  1. angelvallejo macrumors newbie

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    #1
    Hi everyone,

    I'm new to MAc.

    When using PC, WINDOWS warned about not to disconnect USB/FW connected hardware until you ask the system to do so and the system confirmed it was safe to do so.

    However, I've been told that with Mac you can directly connect/disconnect the cables without any previous confirmation from the system.

    I'm confused, since I can not find how to get confirmation form the MAc that it is safe to disconnect the USB/FW.

    Thanks in advance and sorry for this (I guess) pretty simple question.

    Angel
     
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    You should always eject a drive prior to unplugging. This is essentially the same as Windows' "safely remove" command. You can do this in a number of ways:

    • Selecting the drive on your desktop and going to File -> Eject
    • Right-clicking on the drive and doing the same
    • Clicking the little eject button beside the drive in the Finder sidebar
    • Selecting the drive and pressing command+E

    They all work in exactly the same way, so whichever works for you. Personally, I prefer command+E.
     

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  3. angelvallejo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Usb Disconnection

    Thanks a lot, BlueRevolution.

    I'll do so,although I believe that the USB device (LINE 6 TONE PORT UX1) does not appear on the list of devices...)

    Thanks again and best regards

    Angel
     
  4. Consultant macrumors G5

    Consultant

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    You eject the harddrives (FYI you should wait a few seconds, after the drive spin down to power off).

    Non-storage devices (printer, scanner, etc) don't need software disconnection and thus have no need to show up.
     
  5. angelvallejo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    hi, blue revolution and consultant.

    the problem is that, even when the mac is working with a midi keyboard, it does not appear in any place (neither in the list of devices nor in any other place)

    Any suggestion?

    thanks in advance
    angelvallejo
     
  6. angelvallejo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    usb disconection

    consultant,

    I guess a midi keyboard is not a storage device so I understand you suggest I can simply take the usb cable out of the mac directly.

    please confirm

    thanks again and bst rgrds
     
  7. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    That's correct. Only storage devices like hard drives, flash drives, iPods (with disk use enabled), cameras, file servers, and so forth need to be ejected before being disconnected. This is because it is possible to corrupt files if they are being written to when the drive is unplugged. Other devices like keyboards, mice, MIDI keyboards, headsets, printers, shuttles, and so forth do not need to be ejected.
     

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