I use my MBP to charge my iPod and regularly unplug it without ejecting first - perhaps my laptop is asleep or I changed nothing...

How can I stop this message?

eject message

I'm aware of the reason for the message and I've seen many questions here relating to stopping it appearing multiple times which is not my issue.

My question is can I turn it off completely?

I would be happy if the answer applied to all disks - not just iPod.

It bugs me as even if I have accepted the risk of just unplugging a disk, it is too late for the specific instance but will tell you every time you do so until the end of time. Afterwards.

  • If it's an old Classic, try locking it before you connect. Newer iOS based devices shouldn't need to be unmounted first. – Tetsujin Sep 7 '19 at 7:07

Unfortunately, that's one system-level notification you cannot disable without turning off Notifications entirely.

May I suggest you use a standalone charger? :)


Eject the device properly to avoid any chance of errors.

I have seen several devices trashed by just disconnecting... Reformatting made them useable again.

  • Trashing the drive is going to depend on how the drive is formatted. I'd think this would not occur with a journalled filesystem. I'd expect fat and exFat filesystem to have problems. However, whatever the filesystem, I wait until macOS stop writing to the drive. – historystamp Sep 6 '19 at 20:48
  • @historystamp I could not check what the formatting was prior to them being disconnected and trashed as they belonged to other people - I was just trying to help... BTW it does not happen all the time, I think it is down to if the information has all been written or not. – Solar Mike Sep 7 '19 at 12:26
  • @historystamp It is virtually impossible to check when the last write occured. And if you remounted the drive ass read only, Mac OS won't complain on ejecting. – bot47 Sep 8 '19 at 9:57

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