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I typically unmount my USB drive (using umount) from /dev/sdb1 before I shutdown my computer but if I shut it down using shutdown -P now and then restart it, the drive is no longer mounted.

Is this a safe way to unmount the drive?

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Yes, all mounted drives are automatically unmounted during shutdown.

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thanks for the answer, I would upvote but I don't have quite enough rep yet. –  KennyPeanuts May 7 '11 at 1:45
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