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)


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.

  • Or leave it "permanently" connected. No need to remove it at all. In that case, if it isn't a bootable device or one you normally want to boot from, make sure its boot order is after the internal hard drive.
    – fixer1234
    Dec 5 '16 at 7:46

You can keep them connected, but if you unplug the hard drive during the shutdown process you may end up with data corruption. You can indeed keep it connected.

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