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How can I prevent File Corruption on my external drive?
The most common cause of file corruption is disconnecting the drive while it is in use. The easiest way to avoid this is to only disconnect the drive when the computer is shutdown or by using the safe remove/eject option in your computer. Using safe removal allows the computer to stop any background processes that maybe accessing the drive. Safe Removal is an option in all versions of Windows and Mac for USB and FireWire drives. Many computers do not have a safe remove option for the eSATA connection. For eSATA it is recommended that the computer be shutdown before disconnecting.