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Unmounting a drive from the PS3

Ok, so in Windows you can safely unplug an external drive by going to the notification/status area in the lower right corner and use the "Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media" option.

On a Mac, you can drag and drop an external drive icon to the trash can which turns into an eject icon to safely unplug it (not sure if there's another way).

So how do you do it on a PS3? I can't figure it out. Do you have to turn off the PS3 every time in order to safely unplug it? As you can imagine, I'm afraid of data getting corrupted or worse.

Thanks in advance
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    Just remove it from the USB. The PS3 doesn't cache reads/writes to USB so it doesn't need a remove safely option.

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    Also, in windows, USB flash drives are usually marked as "optimize for quick removal" in which case, you don't need to use the "safely remove hardware". It will still be listed in the notification area, but it is not needed. You can simply pull the flash drive.
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  3. Hawkeye22 said:
    Just remove it from the USB. The PS3 doesn't cache reads/writes to USB so it doesn't need a remove safely option.

    Edit
    Also, in windows, USB flash drives are usually marked as "optimize for quick removal" in which case, you don't need to use the "safely remove hardware". It will still be listed in the notification area, but it is not needed. You can simply pull the flash drive.

    Excellent. Thanks for the info.
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