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  1. #1

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    May 31, 2010
    Ejecting iPods and external drives?
    Why do I need to bother? This takes quite a bit of time (30 seconds goes by slowly when you're in the middle of something hectic), and is unneeded on PCs. Why do Macs require these things get properly ejected? Also, what happens if I don't?

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    chscag's Avatar
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    Jan 23, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6+, 3 iPods, El Capitan
    It's needed on PCs as well as on Macs. Yanking a device loose while the system is writing to it can corrupt the entire file system and sometimes even damage the device. That's why if you're in Windows or OS X, a device has to be properly ejected before removing it.

    30 seconds? I don't know how you're counting but ejecting a device only takes around 5 seconds at the most - unless the system is writing to it from a large cache. And then it might take 10 seconds.


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    May 22, 2007
    15in MBP 2.5GHz Core2Duo | 1.83Ghz Dual G5 PowerMac | 2.0 GHz Dual G5 PowerMac
    It's up to you if you want to eject them or not the right way. I learned the hard way a few times, both with PC and Mac, then wehn I just yanked it out, the next time I tried plugging in the drive, it's not readable and I had to reformat it, thus losing that data. 30 seconds seems alike a long time, if you have Snow Leopard, you have an option to force eject it if it's taking awhile anyways.

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    Apr 09, 2009
    Ithaca NY
    13 inch alMacBook 2GHz C2D 4G DDR3, 1.25GHz G4 eMac
    As stated above, yes, you also need to do it on PCs. If on the iPod you mean you're waiting for the "Ejecting OK To Disconnect" bar to fill all the way up, the fact that it says "OK To Disconnect" means you can disconnect it.

    If you've been disconnected your devices that way on any computer, that's hilariously bad for them, and I can't believe you haven't had an issue yet.

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    Sep 18, 2009
    D/FW Texas
    Macbook Pro 15" 2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo
    I agree that ejecting is the smart thing to do. I've gotten used to it on the Mac now and I don't think I've ever had anything take longer than 3 to 5 seconds to eject. It just makes sense to properly eject a volume before removing it. I mean would you reach into the CD drive with a pair of needle nose pliers and yank out a CD that was spinning?
    Macbook Pro 15" anti glare 2.8Ghz

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    Oneironaut's Avatar
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    Feb 23, 2009
    21" iMac * 2.8 Ghz Intel Core i7 * 16GB 1333 Mhz DDR3 * 1TB HD *AMD Radeon HD 6770M 512 MB
    Ha! Unneeded on PC's? I have always ejected drives from the System Tray in Windows. I would always panic if I accidentally yanked it out without ejecting it.

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    Jan 04, 2005
    Modesto, Ca.
    iMac 2010 27" QuadI7, iMac 2008 10.10.5, Macbook2007 10.7.5, Mac Mini 10.7.5, iPhone 3GS Note 8!
    Windows YELLS at me if I forget to eject the drive. I wonder what version of Windows the OP was using? XP and up for sure warn you.

    Also it takes maybe 5 seconds here in OSX to unmount any drive.

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    Apr 20, 2009
    15" MBP
    In Windows you can set external drives to "Optimize for quick removal" which disables the write-caching, allowing you to remove the device without first ejecting it, with no risk. The caveat is slower performance.

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    Jun 17, 2010
    Moncton, NB, Canada
    13.3" MacBook, non-Pro, Snow Leopard
    I actually had a co-worker destroy one of my MP3 players by unplugging it from his Windows box without using Safely Remove Hardware; it had to be RMA'd.

    The same co-worker later blew up that MP3 player trying to fix it after it was out of warranty. But the story is worth more to me than the MP3 player was
    "I have always wished for my computer to be as easy to use as my telephone; my wish has come true because I can no longer figure out how to use my telephone" ~ Bjarne Stroustrup, father of the C++ programming language

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