Unless you're hot plugging or unplugging (which would corrupt)...
It is on life support. Up to you if you want to pull the plug now or not.
Some drives allow for unplugging without first ejecting though.Originally Posted by nightstah
True, I always eject my devices out of paranoia that corruption will occur again (it did on my old HDD). I was just stating that some devices do claim on the package that they're "plug & play" and do not need to be ejected. But it is a good idea to eject them anyway.
Last edited by SNES_Master; 05-28-2013 at 08:33 PM.
My ex-father in law told me his flash drive kept getting corrupted every time he used it. I asked him if he clicked the safely remove feature in the right lower tool corner and he was like "huh"? Ever since then, all good in the hood. And that's a flash drive (to me the mechanics of a hard drive if anything makes it more problematic).
Many external devices will cache data in memory on the drive instead of actually writing it. That's why you get corruption when you plug it in without proper dismounting (the data isn't yet written on the drive).
Using the "safe remove" will write the data in cache to the hard drive properly before dismounting from the OS.
My poor hard drive on life support LOL that was funny, well thanks guys for all the help I really appreciate it, hope this really helps somebody who stumbles onto this as well.
As far as connecting and disconnecting goes, I always leave it plugged in. I turn off WiiConnect24 and it automatically turns the Wii off (Red) and the hard drive disconnects, then when I turn it on it connects.
Either way, thanks a lot, I will keep in mind especially the right way to format a hard drive
Before you take a speaker magnet to it, see how many sectors are damaged, if any. (Scan disk for errors and attempt to fix)
It could very well could be data corruption.