Tracking Forums, Newsgroups, Maling Lists
Home Scripts Tutorials Tracker Forums
  Advanced Search
  HOME    TRACKER    mac


OS X Leopard :: Unmount Or Eject External Drive In Finder Before Shutting Down?

I installed a new external drive today and successfully completed the initial Time Machine backup. I usually shut down my computer each night. Do I need to unmount or eject the external drive in Finder before shutting down?

Mac OS X (10.6)

View 3 Replies (Posted: Sep 11, 2009)

Sponsored Links:

Related Forum Messages for Mac:
OS X Leopard :: External USB Hard Drive Won't Unmount (or Eject)?
I have a new 2TB external that is giving me some issues I've not run into before with 1.5TB and smaller HDs.

Once I've used the disk (for seemingly anything at all), it will not let me eject, unmount, drag into the trash etc. saying it's still in use when it's not. All apps closed, all windows closed - everything - no difference. Disk Utility is of no help either. If I simply start up this drive and see it on the desktop - but not use it - I can unmount it no problem.

I'll add, I'm using this HD for a media archive and streaming over WLAN via SMB file sharing - though this should not affect the drive for mounting/unmounting purposes, and never did affect a 1.5TB predecessor to this drive with the same setup and files.

This is happening on my '09 Mini 10.5.8

Any clues? Obviously I can unmount by restarting the Mac - or less desirable - turning off or unplugging the HD, but then I get the scary warning dialog.

2009 MacMini, 2010 MacBook, Apple TV 3.0.1 160GB, Power Mac 8500
Mac OS X (10.6.2)
Dell 2408WFP monitor, 8TB external

Posted: Apr 12, 2010

View 3 Replies!   View Related
OS X :: Unable To Eject / Unmount External HD Properly
My external hard drives simply refuses to eject/un-mount, and I've done everything I can think of to terminate any processes and/or applications that may be using the drive and preventing it from being ejected properly, but I haven't had any success. Is there some Mac-Jedi way of going about isolating what might be preventing this drive from ejecting properly? I've scoured the activity monitor but can't figure out what might be preventing the drive from ejecting?

Posted: Dec 10, 2008

View 6 Replies!   View Related
Software :: Unable To Eject External Driives In Leopard - Finder Prefrences Are Missing
I've been having a few problems with Leopard. The first problem is that I can no longer eject external drives or disk images. (I've tried relaunch finder dumping finder.plists and sidebarlists.plists, resetting PRAM, dumping various plists reinstalling the combo update etc. and nothing works).

Secondly I don't see disks on my desktop when I insert them and I have CD's and DVD's set to open finder for blank disks. I have no preferences option under finder. When I click the Finder tab there is no preferences listed there. It just has: About Finder, Secure Empty Trash faded out, Services, Hide Finder, Hide Others, Show All (faded out).

I realize I'm also missing the Empty Trash along with the Preferences. How do I get this back?

I got it solved thanks to DeltaMac. I just opened Onyx and went to OnyX/Parameters/Finder put a check in the box next to Show Preferences item and also Show Empty Trash item and logged out and back in again and both things show up now.If only I could solve the problem of not being able to eject disk images or external disks from the desktop.

Posted: Mar 13, 2008

View 7 Replies!   View Related
OS X Leopard :: Disk Images Unable To Unmount/eject For Admin User DVDs And IDisk Also Affected
It only affects me, the primary user on my Mac. One other user on the computer; she also has admin level access and does not have any of these problems.

Here's the deal:Once mounted, disk images won't eject/unmount.

iMac G5 20" 1.8GHz
Mac OS X (10.5)
80 GB iPod 5.5G

Posted: Feb 6, 2009

View 2 Replies!   View Related
OS X Leopard :: Can't Unmount External Drive For Repair Disk On Disk Utility
What does it mean when Disk Utility says that a remote disk can not be "unmounted"?

I am trying to repair a 500GB external firewire drive. The other one I have connected works fine when I click repair disk.

Verify and Repair volume "500 GB" The disk "500 GB" could not be unmounted

Intel 2.0
Mac OS X (10.4.7)

Posted: Feb 17, 2009

View 5 Replies!   View Related
Hardware :: External USB Hard Drive Unmount Itself?
I have a 2.5" hard drive connected via USB to my MacBook that keeps unmounting itself. This happens under some (what seems to be) undetermined amount of time, the drive will all of a sudden unmount itself and disappear from the Finder, Disk Utility, et al.

Is there some fix, setting or work around for this? Very annoying. If not, is there a way to re-mount the hard drive without turning it off then on or reconnecting the USB cable?

Posted: Aug 6, 2008

View 3 Replies!   View Related
Software :: External Hard Drive Unmount Unexpectedly
G4 Dual 867 2g OS10.5.4. I have 2 external drives (Lacie 200g USB - Western Digital 120g USB) that unmount unexpectedly, sometimes they remount.

Posted: Jul 5, 2008

View 5 Replies!   View Related
OS X Leopard :: Cannot Eject External Drive - Getting Error?
I want to eject an external drive. But I get an error that it is in use. Is spot light running? How do I stop only the external drive without having to stop my entire computer?

MacBook Pro
Mac OS X (10.5.7)

Posted: Jul 20, 2009

View 1 Replies!   View Related
OS X Leopard :: Can't Access External Hard Drive After Improper Eject
Before I start, please in bear in mind that I just bought my Mac 3 days ago, am a TOTALLY new Mac user and that while I am decently computer savvy, not a programming expert so PLEASE dumb your answer down. I mean really dumb here. I know other people have asked this but I really need a simple step-by-step answer (or answers if there's multiple possibilities).

So, I always used an external hard drive with my old Sony Vaio laptop (don't know the brand off the top of my head but it's a USB port HD). I had Time Machine erase and format it when I got my Mac, and everything seemed to be okay. I reloaded all my photos/files/etc back onto the HD

Last night I plugged in the HD to my Macbook, but it wouldn't back up. It froze, the beachball spun and spun for about 30 minutes, nothing was happening. So I turned off the HD because the Mac wouldn't let me eject it or do anything, and it was locking up my whole Macbook.

Of course, I got the error msg saying that it had been improperly ejected and that it could have suffered damage as a result.

Now, whenever I plug my external HD into my Macbook, nothing happens. It won't come up on my desktop and Time Machine says it isn't plugged in. I tried plugging it into my desktop PC downstairs to, if only to see if I could get my photos off there, but it wouldn't find it either!

Mac OS X (10.5.6)

Posted: Mar 31, 2009

View 17 Replies!   View Related
OS X Leopard :: Ftp Site Unable To Unmount In Spite Of Reboot - Force Unmount In Terminal?
I connected to an ftp site last week. I thought I had disconnected but the site showed up as a file server in the file browser of a raw converter I have been using. The site does not show in the finder (in two different accounts), even when set to show invisible files. In terminal i typed ls -ld@ /Volumes/* and it shows up.

mac pro
Mac OS X (10.5.6)

Posted: Apr 8, 2009

View 2 Replies!   View Related
OS X :: Snow Leopard: External Hard Drive Won't Eject When Downloading?
This is a major issue for me, as I feel like I'm going to end up damaging my hard drive.

I am downloading a legal torrent to my external hard drive, however when I quit Transmission and try to eject my external drive, nothing happens. Snow Leopard doesn't even say it is in use like it is meant to. It just does nothing to eject the drive.

So I end up having to yank the USB plug out.

What gives? It ejects normally as long as I don't download to it.

Posted: Sep 4, 2009

View 1 Replies!   View Related
OS X Tiger :: Finder Stopped Working- Unable To Move Folder Or Eject External Drives?
After I have been using my mac for a number of hours the last 2 times I have used it. finder stops working I can't move folders or eject external drives and I can't shut down, restart or use anything in finder eg. force quit, however I can launch other programs like word and photoshop, and everything is still displayed but some of the icons seem to be a bit muddled. any ideas its very annoying as i use this for work and I'm not that computer literate.

Intel based Imac 10.4.11
Mac OS X (10.4.11)

Posted: Nov 8, 2009

View 3 Replies!   View Related
OS X Leopard :: 16gb Thumb Drive Not Working - Cannot Unmount Drive
I bought a 16gb thumb drive to back up my docs and photos and things. I started copying things over, then all hek broke loose. It started giving me problems. now I cannot delete my files from it, disk utility cannot verify or repair it, i cannot partition it. It shows that there is no recognizable filesystem. I cannot eject it because the system thinks something is open or in use.

Is there ANYTHING I can do to make this work? How can I wipe it clean and start over? Is it true that anything above a few gb's is incompatible with OSX? That would just really bite since I thought just about anything worked with a Mac!!!

Mac OS X (10.5.7)

Posted: May 31, 2009

View 8 Replies!   View Related
OS X Leopard :: Unable To Eject DVD From Drive / Eject Button Not Working
I have a DVD stuck, and it won't eject. I have pushed the eject button as well as command+E during iTunes. It won't even make the sound that it is coming

iPhone 4 iPod Touch
Mac OS X (10.6.4)

Posted: Jan 20, 2010

View 6 Replies!   View Related
Power Mac G5 :: "Can't Unmount Disk" - Format / Remove External Drive
I went into disk utility and under erase disk. It starts up but then says "can't unmount disk" what those that exactly mean and how can I get by that. I tried to install a new external disk a second one but the Maxtor sync program is all over this computer. I would just like to reformat my external drive and put everything that I want back on it. Those anybody know how I can get around the Maxtor manager and how I can remove it. I am new to mac so it may seem simplistic however I just can't see it.

G5 iMac
Mac OS X (10.5.1)

Posted: Feb 16, 2009

View 3 Replies!   View Related
Snow Leopard :: 10.6 Automatically Unmount External Disks Before Shut Down?
Suppose I have an external HD connected to my computer and leave it on so that it is always available when I boot up my computer. Must I manually unmount (eject) the external HD before I shut my computer down, or will the OS do that automatically? If it does not do that, is there a work around so that it happens automatically?

Mac OS X (10.6.4)

Posted: Oct 14, 2010

View 2 Replies!   View Related
OS X :: Eject Button Missing In Finder - Unable To Eject Cd
i've had a Macbook for a couple years and I have some knowledge of OS X but this one has stumped me.My friend called me tonight and she told me on her new iMac that in the finder window, after clicking on Macintosh HD, the eject button was missing that should be next to the device.This apparently happened earlier today with a CD and happened when she called me with an External HDD.

She was however able to eject the stuff by either dragging it to the trash or doing "Open Apple" + E, key shortcut. I'm stumped on this because she was till able to eject the HDD or CD with the previous methods but the Finder, "eject" button for the devices was missing.

Posted: Feb 22, 2009

View 1 Replies!   View Related
OS X Leopard :: External Hard Drive Does Not Appear In Finder?
It is connected to my wife's iMac running the most current update of Leopard by 800 firewire and appears on her desktop and works flawlessly with time machine. I am connected to the same drive intermittently with my MacBookPro also running the most current update of Leopard. i connect with 400 firewire. Initially the drive would not appear in the finder. for the initial backup, i turned the hard drive off and on and then it would appear and i did the backup but now when i connect to the 400 firewire port, it still doesn't appear in the finder. i would much prefer not to need to turn my back up drive off and on each time i want to use time machine. i should also mention that when i connect any of my garmin training devices or my power meter by USB it is recognized very quickly as a device in finder.
Mac OS X (10.5.7)

Posted: Aug 3, 2009

View 5 Replies!   View Related
OS X Leopard :: Backup Drive Doesn't Unmount
Everytime Time Machine does a back up it seems to work fine, but the disk doesn't get ejected. Then they all start to accumulate in the finder window side bars. (They don't appear on the Desktop).

Mac OS X (10.5.8)

Posted: Oct 22, 2010

View 1 Replies!   View Related
OS X :: Eject External Optical Drive?
I just got an external LaCie DVD burner (long story). It works great, but as of right now I can apparently only eject it by right-click > eject or drag it to the "trash." Is there any way to allow me to just use the button on the drive or tie it to the eject button on the keyboard when it's connected, or even another key command like Opt-Eject?

Posted: Jun 15, 2009

View 5 Replies!   View Related
OS X Leopard :: External Hard Drive On Finder Not Visible
My external hard drive is no longer visible on the desktop, or in the finder. It appears to still be working, because my sons' iTunes accounts (located on the external) are both working fine. How can I make it appear again? (Bonus question: This reminds me of the problem with ejecting an iPod, leaving it plugged in to the USB, but then wanting to re-access it. Is there any way to make iTunes find your iPod again without unplugging/replugging the device?)

Mac OS X (10.5.5)

Posted: Feb 10, 2009

View 3 Replies!   View Related
OS X Leopard :: External Drive Doesn't Appear In Finder?
I have an iomega 500 gb external firewire drive which i have been using for over a year with no problem. yesterday i got an error message that the drive was disconnected and that i should plug it back in. apparently my foot hit the electric cord and disconnected it by mistake (this happens occasionally) so i plugged it back in, but the drive didn't re-appear in the finder. i tried turning it on and off and restarting the computer but nothing helped. after restarting the computer - it showed up only in disk utility, so i clicked "repair" it in disk utility and it said that the disk appears to be ok. however, it still doesn't show up in the finder and i have no access to the files in it.

macbook 2.1 ; iMac 24" 3.06 GHz
Mac OS X (10.5.4)
Intel Core 2 Duo 12"

Posted: Jan 13, 2009

View 2 Replies!   View Related
OS X Leopard :: Finder Often Closes When Unmounted An External Drive?
I have two external firewire drives (one is partitioned so there are three drives showing) that when I click to close (unmount) one of the drives from the finder window, the finder window will close itself. The problem started in just the last few months (since either the 10.5.6 update or the recent problematic security update). This does not happen all the time, but only occasionally.

This does not cause serious problems but is annoying to have to open the finder again.

The following might or might not related to the problem -

The partitioned drive "failed" with a corrupted directory and had the bridge board replaced. The drive directory was still messed up when the drive was returned (System Profiler could see the drive was present, but was not accessible) After about 10 minutes of being on, the OS again told me the drive was damaged and I only had limited abilities with it. I was able to format the drive and repartitioned it with Disk Utility. This happened just a couple of weeks ago and I have not had that finder problem, but who knows. I also now know NOT to use a drive out of the box without formating it myself, even if it says it is formatted.

G4 1.8 Ghz dual Quicksilver
Mac OS X (10.5.5)
1.12 GB ram, 1.33 TB storage on 2 internal, 2 external firewire

Posted: Mar 5, 2009

View 17 Replies!   View Related
Snow Leopard :: Finder Not Browsing External Drive
I'm having trouble with Finder. When I connect my external drive, the icon shows up, and DiskUtility shows it mounted normally. However, when I try to open it through the Finder window, I get the error message: "The alias "xyz" can't be opened because the original item can't be found." With the buttons: "Delete Alias" "Fix Alias..." "Okay"
- Clicking "Fix..." brings up a select file/folder window, presumably to repoint the alias -- except the drive is grayed out and not selectable, so I have to cancel.
- Clicking the other two has no relevant effect

The drive is fine.
- I've repaired the drive in DiskUtility and in DiskWarrior - all is okay with the drive
- I can browse the contents just fine in the terminal
- iTunes can play files located on the drive, no problem
- I can connect to it via my other mac just fine; perfectly normal, no alias problem

But I cannot browse to it in the Finder on this MacBook Pro. This happens both when I'm connected directly and when I connect via an Airport extreme. What is wrong with Finder?

MacBook Pro
Mac OS X (10.6.1)

Posted: Oct 11, 2009

View 1 Replies!   View Related
OS X Leopard :: Certain Files And Folders Do Not Appear In Finder On External Hard Drive?
I am running two mac laptops and a PC Desktop on an Airport Extreme Base Station network. There is an external hard drive (FAT formatted) on the network as well. I have copied thousands of files from the PC to the external hard drive on the network. I found that a few of the folders will not show its contents. I have recopied these folders and I get a warning asking if I want to replace the contents. I select yes and it seems to do the trick but the files disappear. I have coped the files to my laptop desktop and everything is fine. What is going on?

G5 MacBook Pro
Mac OS X (10.5.6)

Posted: Dec 26, 2008

View 1 Replies!   View Related
OS X Leopard :: Finder Relaunching Constantly - Shutting Down - Displaying Blue Screen
my system seemed fine and working ok and then suddenly my finder kept shutting down, displayng the blue screen and then relaunching, then shutting down and continuously cycling through this without any prompt or way of stopping it. I tried to reinstal the OS but it said it encountered unknown errors and could not. I restarted and safe restarted and cd restarted to try to repair the disk but I am considering erasing and reinstalling then recovering from time machine, is this easy? is this the only way?

iMac 2.8 24/iMac 2.0 20"/eMac 17"/MacBook Pro 2.0 15"/iPhone/iPod/Canon EOS 20D
Mac OS X (10.5.2)

Posted: Apr 30, 2009

View 5 Replies!   View Related
MacBook Air :: Can't Eject CD From External Drive
I put a black CD into the remote drive, my computer refuses to show it, and I can't eject it. How do I get this out?

Macbook Air
Mac OS X (10.5.8)

Posted: Jul 23, 2010

View 1 Replies!   View Related
OS X :: Eject External Drive Before Unplugging Laptop From Display?
I have a MacBook Pro that I use sometime on Apple Cinema Display. On the USB ports of the display I attached an Western Digital external hard drive. Now, when I want to unplug my laptop from the display, should I eject the external hard drive first?

Posted: Aug 28, 2010

View 2 Replies!   View Related
OS X :: External Hard Drive Won't Eject?
Supposedly, the external is in use and cannot be ejected, but i don't think it's in use. I've only recently been encountering this problem, and i have no idea why. I've tried quitting every application, but it still claims to be in use.

Posted: Feb 15, 2009

View 4 Replies!   View Related
OS X :: Unable To Eject External Hard Drive / Being Used By Some Application?
Supposedly, the external is in use and cannot be ejected, but i don't think it's in use. I've only recently been encountering this problem, and i have no idea why. I've tried quitting every application, but it still claims to be in use.

Posted: Apr 23, 2009

View 6 Replies!   View Related
OS X :: Eject External Optical Drive / Only Ejects It By Right-click?
I just got an external LaCie DVD burner (long story). It works great, but as of right now I can apparently only eject it by right-click > eject or drag it to the "trash." Is there any way to allow me to just use the button on the drive or tie it to the eject button on the keyboard when it's connected, or even another key command like Opt-Eject?

Posted: Jun 6, 2010

View 1 Replies!   View Related
Software :: External Hard Drive Bricks After Eject?
I recently bought a new 1TB external seagate hard drive to use as media storage for FCP on my G5 quad.
I brought it home and started it up, partitioned into 3 pieces and then I ejected it.

Now it won't be recognized by my Mac. I feel like I've tried everything. Last night I unplugged the firewire and power cable, then this morning I flicked it on just to see what happened. It worked! I added some files to the drive and ejected it again to see if it would restart. Nothing...

So I waited another 15 minutes and tried again, nothing.

Any idea why the drive seems to turn into a brick after I eject it?

Hopefully it'll work after I wait another few hours again, but that doesn't seem like a working hard drive to me.

Posted: Oct 31, 2009

View 1 Replies!   View Related
OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: External Drive (WD) Has Disappeared From Finder And Desktop
I use an external drive connected via firewire for time machine.  The drive still seems active but I cannot access it at all, not through finder, disk repair or other.  I have tried disconnecting, reconnecting all cabline, restarting bith the drive and the iMac, I have doen the SMC and PRAM reset actions.  Still not visible. 

I do not have the option to connect to another MAC, my MBP does nto have FW and thatis th eonly option on the drive. 

iMac (20-inch Late 2006), Mac OS X (10.6.8)

Posted: Apr 11, 2012

View 5 Replies!   View Related
PowerPC :: External USB2.0 Drive Won't Eject From G5?
Anyone have suggestions? I have a single 1.8ghz g5, 1gb ram, 10.4.10. I have a maxtor OneTouch III USB 2.0 200gb drive attached to it.

I can not seem to eject/unmount this drive. Every time i hook it up I just have to end up pulling the USB plug or turning the drive off suddenly to get it to "eject" but then i get the improper device removal error/warning message.

I have tried dragging to trash, I have tried apple E (which is what I usually do to any device) and I have tried going into disk utility and ejecting/unmounting from there as well. no dice.

Posted: Aug 12, 2007

View 1 Replies!   View Related
MacBook Air :: Have An External Drive And Can't Eject The Disk From It
Ejecting a cd from external drive

MacBook Air, iOS 5.0.1

Posted: Feb 17, 2012

View 2 Replies!   View Related
OS X Leopard :: External Hard Drive Mounts And Appears In Finder - Unable To Save
When I attempt to save/export something to it. A couple of days ago I accidentally hit the eject button when saving something. Tried turning on/off, unplugging, etc.

The drive is daisy chained to two other drives, but still doesn't appear when connected by itself.

Again, I'm able to transfer/open files that are on the drive; just can't save/export to it

Macbook Pro
Mac OS X (10.5.8)
4GB 1067 MHz DDR3

Posted: Oct 4, 2010

View 3 Replies!   View Related
OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: Finder/spotlight - Listing Files On External Drive?
I want to list the files (Canon images, file names of the form img_xxxx) stored on an external drive (named WINBACK), a partition on a USB HDD. What I did: 

1. Clicked on drive WINBACK in Finder.

2. Typed img in spotlight search box - Finder window changed to the full spotlight window. Window shows  <Search: 'This Mac'  "WINBACK">

3. Changed 'Contents' to 'File Name' so top line of display showed < Search: 'This Mac'  "WINBACK"  | 'File Name' >.

4. Clicked + to give a search line.

5. On search line changed 'Kind' to 'Name', changed  'matches' to 'begins with' from the drop down lists and then typed 'img_' into the search box.

6. Clicked + to give another search line.

7. Changed 'Kind' to 'File extension', and typed 'jpg' into the search box.

8. This gave a list of files img_xxxx.jpg (obviously 0 < xxxx < 10,000). 

As there appeared to be some duplicates I checked the paths of the files. Some were from "WINBACK" but most were from various locations on the internal drive. 

Posted: May 14, 2012

View 1 Replies!   View Related
OS X Leopard :: Finder Sidebar Eject Icon Gone
I had a SD card mounted on my Desktop. I had a Finder window open, showing me the contents of the SD card. The SD card's name was listed in the Sidebar. I used to be able to hover the name of the SD card and the little Eject icon to the right of the name would appear. I can right-click on the name and select Eject <name of mounted volume>. Now it doesn't. This is after I updated to 10.5.6. I didn't alter any preferences before or after the update.

iPhone 2G - MacBook Pro 17 - MacPro Dual 2GHz
Mac OS X (10.5.4)
4GB iPhone - 4GB RAM (MBP) - 2GB RAM (MP)

Posted: Apr 10, 2009

View 3 Replies!   View Related
IMac Intel :: Safely Eject External Hard Drive Before Sleep?
After returning from a state of sleep, my computer always gives me this error message:

This is referring to the "unsafe ejection" of my external hard drive which I have hooked up to Time Machine for backups. I would think that the Mac has some sort of shutdown script it would run before going to sleep to safely eject the hard drives connected to the machine, but apparently it does not.

Does anyone know how I can avoid this message? In other words, is there a way to have my computer safely eject all drives before going to sleep?

27" iMac i7 (2.8 GHz; 8GB memory)
Mac OS X (10.6.2)

Posted: May 30, 2010

View 22 Replies!   View Related
Copyright 2005-08, All rights reserved