Disconnecting your 500 GB Samsung X5 Portable Solid State Drive (MU-PB500B), 1 TB Samsung X5 Portable Solid State Drive (MU-PB1T0B) or 2 TB Samsung X5 Portable Solid State Drive (MU-PB2T0B) incorrectly may lead to several issues.
You can check out this tutorial at Seeking Tech to see the right ways to unplug your X5.
What happens if you do not safely eject, remove or unmount the Samsung X5?
If you don’t properly eject, remove or unmount your Samsung X5 Portable Solid State Drive, then you may experience loss of data and/or hardware damages.
Unfortunately, Samsung is not legally liable to cover any potential issues that may come up due to you not properly unplugging your SSD.
Therefore, you should make sure you are disconnecting your X5 the right way anytime you use it.
How to safely eject Samsung X5 on Windows PC
To safely eject your X5 from your Windows PC, you need to take the following steps:
1. Look at the LED status indicator on your Samsung X5 Portable Solid State Drive.
If it is displaying a blink white light, then the SSD is currently reading or writing data. You need to wait until the LED turns solid white, which means that it isn’t reading or writing data, therefore making it safe to be ejected from your Windows PC.
2. From your Windows dashboard, select the “Safely Remove Hardware” icon on the taskbar. You may have to select the “Show hidden icons” to find it.
3. Select the Samsung X5 from the list of devices in “Safely Remove Hardware.”
4. In the pop-up dialogue box, select the Eject option.
5. If you can’t find the “Safely Remove Hardware” icon on the default dashboard or in the “Show hidden icons” section, you can try going to Start > Settings > Devices. You should be able to find the X5 here. Select your SSD and then the “Remove device” option.
6. After telling your Windows PC to disconnect your Samsung X5 SSD, you can safely unplug your external drive.
7. Alternatively, you can simply turn off your Windows PC and wait until the LED indicator is no longer displaying a white light to safely unplug the X5.
How to safely remove Samsung X5 on Mac
To safely remove your X5 from your Mac without causing any hardware damage and/or data loss, you need to do the following:
1. Make sure that the portable solid state drive isn’t busy reading or writing any data. The LED indicator on it should be solid white. If the LED is blinking, wait until the SSD finishes its tasks before continuing.
2. On your Mac dashboard, locate the icon for your X5 Samsung drive.
3. You can then drag your X5 icon into the Trash to disconnect.
4. Alternatively, you can select the X5 icon to bring up a menu. Here, you need to select File and then Eject to unmount your external storage drive.
5. Another method is to use the Finder sidebar. Select your X5 drive and then the Eject option.
6. Once you successfully ejected your Samsung X5 on your Mac, you should be able to safely unplug the portable SSD.
7. You can also simply shut down your Mac and wait until the LED indicator on the X5 no longer display any white light to safely disconnect your X5 SSD.
How to safely disconnect Samsung X5 on consoles
To safely disconnect your Samsung X5 Portable Solid State Drive on a home console (such as the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 5 Digital Edition, Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One X, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X), you should take the following steps:
1. Make sure that the LED indicator of your Samsung X5 is solid white. If the LED indicator is blinking, try to close the game and/or application you have opened.
2. Once the LED indicator is solid white, you can simply shut down you gaming console.
3. After you completely powered off your game system, the LED indicator on the Samsung X5 Portable Solid State Drive should not be displaying any white lights.
4. You should now be able to safely unplug the external solid state drive from your game console.
To safely disconnect your Samsung X5 Portable Solid State Drive from a PlayStation 5 or PlayStation 5 Digital Edition while the game system is still turned on, you can check out this tutorial.