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Is it safe to disconnect an external drive any time?

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NickNielsen Moderator

From some of your comments, I get the impression you may be confusing removable and external.

Removable media drives are fixed drives that allow you to change the discs: think CD-ROM/DVD or floppy drives. You will only have the eject option for removable media drives. Some external drives report themselves as removable media to disable write caching and reduce the chances of data loss. (I'm not sure, but I believe Windows 7 may treat thumb drives as removable, but not external hard drives.)

External drives are as I explained them above, and will not have the eject option unless they also report themselves as removable media. This is why I recommended using the Safely Remove option whenever possible.