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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.

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by Slayer_ In reply to To be safe then use the S ...

Optimize for quick removal should still help prevent damage.
NTFS is surprisingly robust against file system corruption. If you do suffer file system corruption, a chkdsk /R should fix it.

Though the drives are suppose to park themselves, its not a guarantee, so don't go throwing your drive around :).

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