How do I turn off my external hard drive safely, without losing any data? I tried using the windows 'safely remove hardware feature' but it informed me 'drive cannot be removed at this time'. I made sure all files and folders were shut down and then just had to switch off at the mains but I just wondered if this was the norm? Thanks.
I leave my two external drives switched on all the time that the PC is on. I turn off each night - in the mornings I turn on the ext drives first, then the PC - at night I turn off the PC first, then the drives.