Minute Time Savers: Safely Unplugging iOS Devices

Minute Time Savers: Safely Unplugging iOS Devices

Mike Tyson
Apr 25, 2011

With the bevy of portable storage drives available these days, it is important to understand the unique procedural steps to safely remove your drives from your computer. These steps are crucial to prevent data loss and the corruption of the hard drive. And if you're anything like us, we've been cautiously ejecting storage drives of all forms as delicately as possible so as to not risk any data loss. Thankfully, over the weekend we discovered a helpful hint which not only saves us a little bit of time but a lot of hassle. And it all has to do with that pesky Apple ejection system.

Any steady Apple user will be familiar with the annoying process of opening iTunes and ejecting your mobile device from the side bar. Although not completely detrimental, it is a slightly cumbersome method, particularly coming from Apple. Thankfully, we recently learned that this isn't even necessary. Unlike external hard drives or USB drives, you're able to simply rip that iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch (*note pre-touch generations are unable to do this) straight from its USB cord, with the peace of mind knowing your data is safe. The only time when you should not do this is during a sync or software update.

For the non-believers, you can even see in Apple's official user manual documentation (who reads those things anyway?) that you can remove the device as long as it does not currently say "Sync in Progress." And for the inquisitive folks out there who, like us, want to know why it is ok to eject, the answer lies in the way the device interacts with the computer. For one, the devices are not read as a mounted drive, unlike external hard drive, flash drives, camera cards, etc… The second is due to the new devices having their own dedicated processors. Consequently, database management is handled on the device itself, rather than through the computer. So in the past, when you rip the cord out unexpectedly, it could have been interrupted a database process that could corrupt the drive. But now, more modern devices are less dependent on the computer which is why you're not cutting the life cord when you remove it without "ejecting".

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