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I just noticed that the question When unplugging a USB external hard drive, is it safer to unplug the cable from the computer, or from the external hard drive? had been closed as "primarily opinion-based". Since no comment were left regarding the closure, I am asking on meta: how is this question primarily opinion-based? I have no idea why an answer would be opinion-based.


Here is a copy of the question:

When unplugging a USB external hard drive, is it safer to unplug the cable from the computer, or from the external hard drive?

When unplugging a USB external hard drive, is it safer to unplug the cable from the computer first, or from the external hard drive?

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I am asking as I saw an EHD died right after the USB cable had been unplugged from it (the cable had been disconnected from the EHD first).

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I feel it's on topic, and not too opinion based; from experience, it makes a small difference, and is a valid question. I voted to reopen it.

  • Yes it's part of the topic of questions, but is the scope right? What makes a small difference? – random Jul 13 '16 at 20:21
  • @random Small difference in how you unplug hard drives, not the question. I feel the scope is right, as it deals with computers, especially in a home setting – Canadian Luke REINSTATE MONICA Jul 13 '16 at 20:26

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