Safely removing drives... Is that still a thing? I'm assuming that most, if not all of us have removed a drive without going through the process of safely removing it from our computers. I mean who has time to sit and wait? It's much quicker to simply disconnect the drive and carry on with our day, but could this be a disaster waiting to happen?
For the longest time, I've been removing my drives from my computer without actually "ejecting" them properly. I've seen the warnings and the message that pops up afterward about how the drive wasn't removed safely. However, I haven't had any problems at all so far. Linus Sebastian, a popular YouTuber, describes on his channel Techquickie how this may, in fact, be a severe mistake that could cause damage or loss of data. Both Windows and macOS-based computers have options available that allow you to correctly eject your drives before you remove them. The reason for this is that it ensures any communications between your computer and device aren't interrupted prematurely to prevent corruption or loss of data. For most of us, it's pretty obvious that removing a drive while transferring data is a bad idea, however, Sebastian describes that your computer may actually still be communicating with your device even when data transfers have been completed. This is where problems can occur and although most of the time it's probably fine, it may only take one instance where a drive isn't properly removed for things to go wrong.
Check out the full video to see why we all may need to start removing our drives properly and safely.