Do External Drives Need To Be Ejected Before Removal?
It's better to be safe than sorry, but there are actually computers that don't require you to hit eject before unplugging a drive.By Leah Becerra | October 15, 2015
Here’s a question: Do I really need to eject my flash drive before unplugging it?
Not exactly. See, most of the time, yanking a flash drive or other external disks, from a computer without hitting eject first won’t damage files. But that doesn’t mean unplugging without ejecting is always OK.
If a computer is still writing data to the drive — that is, moving files — removing it can corrupt what you’re trying to save. If you dragged the file to a drive, you’re probably aware of the progress bar and will wait.