I use a Seagate FreeAgent Go (160 GB) USB External HD for backups.
Is it safe to remove the external HD by clicking on ‘Unmount’ in the Nautilus side pane ?
After clicking ‘Unmount’, the orange light on the ext HD still glows, so I was wondering if it is safe to remove it with the ‘Unmount’ menu cmd, with the orange light still on - or will this result in data loss ? (So far no problems with this type of unmounting with the light still on, but this HD is new & I have used it only a couple of times)
Device shows ‘unmount’ status in Nautilus, but the light is in the HD is still on. Hence the question.
Is it safe to remove the ext HD even with the light still on (since there may be data corruption) ?
On 08/24/2009 zmdmw52 wrote:
> Device shows ‘unmount’ status in Nautilus, but the light is in the HD
> is still on. Hence the question. Is it safe to remove the ext HD even
> with the light still on (since there may be data corruption) ?
Can you see the devices when you issue a “mount” on the console? If not, you can unplug it. Are you sure the “unmount” in Nautilus is a status, not a command?
Disk still mounted
Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/sdb4 21038476 7874612 12095140 40% /
tmpfs 1030384 0 1030384 0% /lib/init/rw
varrun 1030384 316 1030068 1% /var/run
varlock 1030384 0 1030384 0% /var/lock
udev 1030384 364 1030020 1% /dev
tmpfs 1030384 112 1030272 1% /dev/shm
lrm 1030384 2192 1028192 1% /lib/modules/2.6.28-15-generic/volatile
/dev/sdb1 37081256 8856900 26340736 26% /home
/dev/sda6 232372160 111454660 120917500 48% /media/Windows_N
/dev/sda5 204804620 111434816 93369804 55% /media/Windows_M
/dev/sdc8 52540548 5191264 47349284 10% /media/Windows_H
/dev/sdc7 52492352 30039096 22453256 58% /media/Windows_G
/dev/sdc6 52492352 7222748 45269604 14% /media/Windows_F
/dev/sdc5 52492352 5134052 47358300 10% /media/Windows_E
/dev/sdc1 34178252 29201512 4976740 86% /media/Windows_C
/dev/sda1 51194624 14481248 36713376 29% /media/Windows_L
/dev/sdb8 20603540 7497756 12059156 39% /media/SUSE_Rt
/dev/sdb5 51936664 266860 49031532 1% /media/SUSE_Hm
/dev/sdb6 44836580 4833584 37725384 12% /media/Storage_1
/dev/sdb7 103477880 35107144 63114272 36% /media/Storage_2
/dev/sr0 655876 655876 0 100% /media/cdrom0
/dev/sdd1 983008 963760 19248 99% /media/US_MOD_1GB
After clicking on ‘Unmount’ option in the menu, the USB disk is no more in the Nautilus side-pane and the df cmd also shows it is not there; but the indicator light is till on. In view of this, I was concerned about data loss because of removing the USB disk while the indicator light is still on.
according to an answer this poster got (but apparently didn’t read, or
believe) in a Linux nntp group: when Windows shuts down a USB drive,
it turns off the power to that drive…which turns off that steady,
orange “power on” light…
when Linux unmounts the drive it (no surprise) unmounts the drive, only…
since mount knows how to mount and unmount, but not turn power on or
off, it does nothing with the power flowing to the enclosure…so, the
light stays on…
but, the disk IS unmounted, and there is NO activity if you can’t
see it as mounted when you follow Uwe’s very clear instructions posted
on the 24th…
if the original poster is afraid to unhook the USB with the light on,
i’d suggest he shut the machine fully down, and then unplug it
(though, according to the answer he got in usenet, he doesn’t need to
do anything other than CHECK it is unmounted from the command line,
The problem I face with unmounting the ext HD is as mentioned by ‘goldie’, i.e. in Linux after unmounting the HD, the indicator light still glows (unlike in Windows, which unmounts + powers-off the HD).
IVO this, I was little bit worried about possibility of bad sectors developing in the HD, since one of the main causes of developing bad sectors in a Hard Disk is voltage fluctuation; and an improper spin-down may lead to voltage fluctuation & (maybe) bad sectors.
Hence, was looking for a utility or method to unmount + spin-down the Hard Drive safely, in Linux. Presently, I am using the external HD in Windows only to transfer the saved backups to the ext hard disk.