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Safely Eject First - Why?


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Can anyone do me a favour and explain to me why we need to eject hard drives and memory sticks? i always wondered... I have googled endlessly and only come up with troubleshoots etc.

Also, what is the difference between a megabyte and a megabit? im very confused.

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Trying to explain it better than those links would be really difficult, and even then, since I am self taught on Macs, I still get confused

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Can anyone do me a favour and explain to me why we need to eject hard drives and memory sticks? i always wondered... I have googled endlessly and only come up with troubleshoots etc.
See the second post here:
Why is it necessary to eject drives before removing? - Flash-Media - Storage

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Also, what is the difference between a megabyte and a megabit? im very confused.
Difference between Megabit(Mb) and MegaByte
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On both PC's and Macs, simply unplugging devices rather than eject can cause corruption to the information.files contained on the device. Like shuttin g down your computer, use the hut down process rather than simply pulling the plug.

A bit is a single character of data, and a vyte if eight characters. Hence 8 bits = 1 byte. This explains it in more detail:-


Megabyte Versus Megabit

Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!
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thanks for the help guys, really cleared things up for me.

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