Question

Locked

Is it safe to disconnect an external drive any time?

By Healer ·
I have noticed that unlike the portable drive the external drive I connect via a USB port does not have an "eject" option in the context menu. Does it mean it is safe to disconnect it anytime? In fact, I am not too sure which is a portable drive and which is an external drive. I have noticed though small thumb drives always have an "eject" option available.

This conversation is currently closed to new comments.

22 total posts (Page 2 of 3)   Prev   01 | 02 | 03   Next
| Thread display: Collapse - | Expand +

All Answers

Collapse -

Reponse To Answer

by NickNielsen In reply to An added thought

Technically, yes, but thumbdrives and external hard drives are removable devices, not removable media devices. The eject command is reserved for removable media devices.

To (hopefully) clarify, a removable media drive allows you to change the software or data available from the drive without actually changing the drive. For example, you can eject a disc from your DVD drive, you have removed the media. You can insert a new disc without removing the actual drive itself. When you remove a thumbdrive, the flash memory inside the drive goes with it; the device is removable, but the media is not.

Collapse -

Reponse To Answer

by Healer In reply to An added thought

Hi NickNielsen,

Thumbdrives are not removable media devices but we do get the "eject" option, don't we? I can see it...

Collapse -

Reponse To Answer

by NickNielsen In reply to An added thought

Yes, some thumb drives report themselves as removable media, even though they don't match the technical definition.

Collapse -

Well technically...

by jimmy-jam In reply to Is it safe to disconnect ...

As long as you don't have nay files ope or programs running from the external drive, you likely as not will not experience data corruption and therefore can just unplug the drive without issue.

Collapse -

Reponse To Answer

by Healer In reply to Well technically...

Thanks! I can imagine this is absolutely correct.

Collapse -

Sometimes I'm not fully up to date, though...

by TobiF In reply to Well technically...

MS Office, for instance, just LOVES to keep files open in unexpected places.
Whenever you open or save a file in MS Word, the program automatically starts using the same folder for its temporary files. So, if you start MS Word, creates two empty files, save and close one of the files to your external drive, then Word still keeps a temp file open in the same folder, stopping you from safely removing the device...

Collapse -

Damage

by q8air In reply to Is it safe to disconnect ...

How much damage can be done to your External Hard Drive if you don't disconnect it using "eject"? And can the damage be repaired from this?

Collapse -

Reponse To Answer

by OH Smeg In reply to Damage

Depends on how much money you have to spend and how IMPORTANT the files that you have lost actually are.

You can always format a HDD again and have it working but recovering your Lost Data "Cheaply" can be a different story.

While not as common the same also applies to Thumb Drives they can and do stop working or at least the Data on the Drive disappears and to get it recognizable again you have to format it or run a Data Recovery Program over it.

Col

Collapse -

Respond to all answers

by pw2much In reply to Is it safe to disconnect ...

If I'm not mistaking on the right of your Task bar- the System tray there is a small arrow that opens hidden icons in your system tray. If you have any external hhds or the flash drive it will be listed there and if you click on the usb icon it will show you all the removable drives on your system and also allow you to eject it and yes that's for Windows 7. So no it's not safe!! there is always a way to eject it,if you click on any dvd drive or flash drive in start>computer it gives you the option to eject it.I had a flash drive that I use to just pull right out of the port well! it's not accessible anymore, nor is it recognized on my system. When plugging and unplugging devices from your system always do it properly to avoid issues.

Collapse -

To be safe then use the Safely Remove option

by Healer In reply to Is it safe to disconnect ...

If we are saying all mechanical drives now will automatically park themselves when they lose power as what Slayer_ has said, then external drives are mechanical drives, aren't they? Mine is a Western Digital. So I suppose I simply need to turn off the power to the drive and then disconnect it.

On second thoughts however we might not know what could be happening in the background.

I fully agree with what pw2much said that to be safe, we still need to use the Safely Remove option.

Back to Hardware Forum
22 total posts (Page 2 of 3)   Prev   01 | 02 | 03   Next

Related Discussions

Related Forums