Originally Posted by Ziggler Mark
some people would kill me for saying this, but as long as you're not transferring files, or in the process of booting or shutting down, feel free to unplug the drive whenever. I do it all the time with my external hybrid drive, and it's perfectly fine.
I don't hate you ZM. In fact, if the HDD is current, like 2008 and up I'd say, unplugging it won't matter. If it has an off possibility, turn it off first then unplug. Back in the day it might have been an issue. We're awesome today.