hi i have 2 western digital external hard drives for both my pc's i use them for backups i stop them with the remove safely icon in taskbar when i do this it says it is ok to remove drive, but the drive is still running is it safe to turn the drive off with the front button thanks Chippy
Hi, I have two external USB hard-drives - I never use the 'safely remove hardware'. I only turn off the drives at night when I turn off my pc, and I do so simply by pressing their on/off buttons after the pc has shut down.
Your hard drives will still be running, chippy+, because they are still powered up. The remove drive icon merely stops them from writing or being written to so, yes, it will be safe to turn them off with the front button after using the remove drive facility.