I have 2 questions - apologies if they are trivial.

a) when I shutdown my pi4 the led goes out but comes back on soon after. Is this ok/ normal?

b) I use the GUI and have had a USB stick corrupted. Can USB sticks be inserted and removed whilst power is up? Do I need to use the terminal to eject it before removal.



  • "the led goes out" which LED - the Pi4 has several? "Can USB sticks be inserted and removed" YES - as with ALL OS you need to eject FIRST to avoid corruption! There is a control to do this. – Milliways Oct 10 at 11:58
  • The green LED will flash ten times on shutdown. After the last flash it's safe to pull the power. USB sticks should be plug'n'play. The only proviso is that you MUST unmount the filesystem (to ensure buffers are flushed and the device is dormant) before pulling the USB stick. – Dougie Oct 10 at 14:18

Assume you are using the latest Raspbian. The answer of your first question is yes. And it is the red one. Your second question is not clear. But you can safe remove your device with the safe remove icon in the tray.A GUI can not corrupt your stick , but a power issue can.

  • Thanks, I only see a red light - the pi4 is in its box. I do not see an eject button perhaps it needs installing. – Alfred Dominic Vella Oct 10 at 22:07
  • What OS you are using? – Sohan Arafat Oct 11 at 0:15
  • I'm using Raspbian. Just bought the pi and put it in an official case. Using noobs – Alfred Dominic Vella Oct 11 at 6:22
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    The eject button is on the task bar (panel), usually on the right side. It looks like this: ⏏ – Botspot Oct 25 at 13:12
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    @AlfredDominicVella Because this answers your questions, please accept it with a click on the tick on its left side. This will finish the question and it will not pop up again months for months. – Ingo Nov 24 at 19:01

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