My question extends to other devices like flash-drives etc.
Should we remove devices before shutting down PC ?
(Or is there a risk of some fault)
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You CAN keep your hard drive or other storage devices connected while your PC shuts down.
No risk of data loss. But if you initiate shutdown process in your OS, wait for it to completely shutdown and turn off and then remove your hard disk. Don't disconnect while the shutdown process is active. Let the cache be flushed correctly to hard disk, if there is one.