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Old 09-02-2014, 11:53 AM   #1
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not un-mounting a drive prior to shutdown/reboot

If I mount a drive via command prompt, is there a problem if I don't un-mount it prior to shutdown or reboot? Will Linux handle this for me or am I asking for trouble?
Old 09-02-2014, 11:57 AM   #2
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I never umount mine and I've never had a problem.
Linux does this for you.
Old 09-02-2014, 12:07 PM   #3
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Unmounting a device checks tha nothing is using the device.
It also ensures that all data has been written to the device.
Typically disk writes are completed in a few seconds.

Writes to slow USB sticks can take minutes, as can writes to DVD drives.

Writes to remote computers or NAS devices can take hours.

So you should unmount everything that you mounted, but you will nearly always escape any bad consequences of not doing so.
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Jeremy... you leave me with a sense of paranoia. Perhaps it depends on what I'm doing and how critical it is but just to be safe, practice safe unmounting.


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