How To Safely Disconnect an External USB Drive from your Computer - Provides the steps necessary to safely remove an external drive from your computer

 

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Removing the drive from a Windows Computer :
Disconnecting or "safe removal" of an external drive from your PC is handled by the Windows Safely Remove program. The following are the steps necessary to safely remove an external drive from your Windows computer:

Note: Failure to follow this procedure may result in data loss to an external drive.

IF YOU DO NOT KNOW HOW TO EJECT THE DRIVE AFTER FOLLOWING THE INSTRUCTIONS ON THIS DOCUMENT THEN, SHUT DOWN YOUR COMPUTER AND THEN REMOVE (PHYSICALLY UNPLUG) THE DRIVE.

1.   In Windows this "UP ARROW" icon is usually in the bottom right of your computer screen beside the time and date. Simply click on the up arrow.

 

2. Click on the Safely Remove icon in your Windows System Tray. This will launch the Safely Remove program.

 

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The Safely Remove window will display any/all detected USB and possible other devices connected to your Windows computer. If necessary, click/check the Display device components box to expand the view

 

3. Click on the device (e.g., external drive, USB drive - Usually it will show the brand name of the drive) you wish to remove, click; "eject device".

4. A confirmation window will appear. Once again, select the device you wish to remove and click on the OK button.

5. A pop-up window displays notifying you that it is now safe to remove the device.  You can now physically disconnect your external drive from your computer.

Note: At times while Safely Removing an external drive, Windows may show a warning that the external drive is busy and cannot be disconnected. If this occurs:

                     Try again to Safely Remove the device, if this does not work...

                     Shut down your computer and then disconnect the external drive

 

Removing the drive from a Mac Computer :

In Mac OS the drive appears as an icon on the desktop. Before unplugging the drive, it needs to be dismounted by dragging the drive to the Trash Can.
Wait a few seconds after the drive has gone into the Trash Can; once the activity light has gone out, you can safely remove the drive. Once the drive is turned off, disconnect the interface cable. - AGAIN ALTERNATIVELY YOU CAN: SHUT DOWN YOUR COMPUTER AND THEN REMOVE (UNPLUG) THE DRIVE.

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