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    usb drive - remove automatically

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    usb drive - remove automatically
    Hi

    I'm new to Mac and I'm wondering if you can just simply remove your USB stick like in Windows, where you can set it that you can just simply remove it without losing your files?

    Can you also do that in Mac or do you have to unmount/remove it properly?

    Thanks

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    usb drive - remove automatically

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    you can just eject it by opening 'macintosh HD', and finding the usb in the list, and clicking the eject icon next to it

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    usb drive - remove automatically

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    ok I've tried to eject it and it says that it can't be close because some files are still in use.

    If I just take it right away, will I lose my files?
    Because in Windows if it's still in use and if you configure the USB stick to just simply take it without losing your files, you can just do that.

    Is it the same in Mac?

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    usb drive - remove automatically

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    youll have to try quitting your applications so that the files are not in use, it usually does this to me so i just take it out, i never lose anything but i'm not recommending it! maybe i just got lucky

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    usb drive - remove automatically

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    ok thanks ;-)

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    usb drive - remove automatically

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    no prob

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    Or you can just drag it to the trash, or highlight it and press the eject key.

    Windows actually works the exact same way, it's just that it won't warn you by default like OS X does. If you pull a USB drive out while there's an active session with an application, you *will* lose data or damage the file system (or both).

    This is the reason that there is an icon down in the system tray on Windows XP and Vista that if you hover over it says "Safely Remove Hardware". It's often hidden because most Windows users are blissfully unaware of its existence and purpose.
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    usb drive - remove automatically
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    You are getting those warnings because you are working off the USB, which is a big no no.

    Windows does give you those alerts actually. Well I get them in Vista when I have a window still open that belongs to a USB folder. It's kind of annoying because I'm not working with any of the files. >_<"
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