Unplugging things from a live system. Is it still taboo?

  Phrixos 11:00 05 Feb 14

In the early days of home computing, plugging-in and unplugging stuff without first shutting down the system was, in terms of hardware and data safety and owing to the risk of static electricity damage a dangerous thing to do. Then, along came usb which, at least in terms of hardware damage was self-protecting.

I'm about to install on my (Asus P5E mobo) home-built system a front-panel dashboard and which sports amongst other things, jacks for earphones and a microphone. The one potential problem with a front panel is that it makes it too easy to unplug things that are (perhaps, still today?) best not unpluggged from a live system. This leaves me wondering, whether that situation has indeed changed.


  woodchip 11:05 05 Feb 14

earphones and a microphone should not be a problem, a usb stick or hard drive can be corrupted if removed while its working

  Phrixos 13:42 15 Feb 14

Thanks Woodchip.

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