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    Sep 17, 2012
    External DVD Drive
    Hi. I recently had to get an external DVD drive for my iMac since the internal one was causing me problems. I just need to know if I can keep the external DVD drive connected all the time? It connects via usb and gets its power from the computer. It does not pop up as mounted and only mounts a cd or dvd when one is inserted in it. It shows up under About This Mac > More Information> Storage as just another optical drive along with the internal one.

    Would love to know if I can just keep it connected all the time or if it would be best to unplug it after every use?

    iMac (27-inch Late 2009), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)

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    Sep 30, 2007
    The Republic of Neptune
    It's perfectly fine to leave it connected. If anything, constantly unplugging/replugging it would have an adverse effect on the cable and port if done very frequently.

    Please verify and include the exact model/year of your Mac and OS X version number (available from "About This Mac", then "More Info" on the Apple menu).
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