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OS X Leopard :: Unmount Or Eject External Drive In Finder Before Shutting Down?


I installed a new external drive today and successfully completed the initial Time Machine backup. I usually shut down my computer each night. Do I need to unmount or eject the external drive in Finder before shutting down?

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