I often suspend my laptop with a USB drive still mounted. What I would like to do is store my laptop away and of course, the USB drive is in the way. So I was thinking of removing the USB drive and then storing the laptop. Before I turn the laptop back on, I would insert the drive again. Assuming I don't forget to put the USB drive back in, is there any risk in doing this?
It should work flawlessly if you don't forget to plug the drive again before resuming the computer.
In case you forget to plug in the external USB drive, then you could get an error or undefined behavior of the program(s) that were tracking and using your drive before suspending the computer.