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Is it safe to disconnect an external drive any time?

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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.