I have a RCA VR5220 voice recorder, with a built-in USB connector.
Because this thing was clearly built by Windows-minded engineers, the only way to access the files in Mac OS X is to plug it in and hope that it detects as a FAT32 disk. If it doesn't (i.e., I plug it in and nothing happens -- no disk is mounted, device is invisible to Disk Utility), my options appear to be:
- Remove the disk without unmounting, hopefully not wiping it in the process.
- Reboot my computer, removing the device after the power-cycle.
I'm a journalist who uses this thing for interviews. It's only happened once, but after a number of times unplugging it without rebooting, the device decided it needed to be formatted -- requiring me to run disk recovery software to save the files I needed that day for my story.
While this is a big enough nuisance that I'm considering buying a new recorder, I could probably get by if I knew a way of ejecting the device without potentially compromising my data.
How does one safely eject disks that haven't mounted properly?