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Opening drawer of empty optical drive

Is there a command to tell an external optical drive to open that still works when there's no disk in it? It has a button on the drawer, but it's vary tiny, and it requires a push in the opposite ...
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How can I listen for when a disk image is ejected on OS X?

I am looking for a way to determine whether or not a volume was recently ejected on OS X. Specifically when a DMG volume is unmounted/ejected but I don't understand enough about the system to know ...
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How dangerous is 'sudo hdiutil eject -force /Volumes/path' for filesystem integrity in terms of cache flushing and open file integrity?

I find myself having some trouble sometimes with ejecting volumes normally. Usually this seems to happen with volumes that really don't (or shouldn't) have any files open that are non-negotiably being ...
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What would cause the following error: 'Eject "Apple SSD - Data" before disconnecting or turning it off'

I just saw the message below on my 2015 MacBook Pro running macOS 12.2.1. It seems weird for macOS to be complaining about ejecting an internal SSD that I could never actually eject. What could cause ...
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Fully unmount volume?

I created a volume in disk utility, and called "projects.dmg". I assigned a password to it, and stored it in my home directory. All is good. I can now mount this volume in terminal, ...
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Troubleshooting: 90 seconds to eject external Time Machine drive?

I have a 5TB USB-C drive attached to my 16" MacBook Pro running Big Sur 11.2.3. I use this drive exclusively for Time Machine. When ejecting the drive, it takes anywhere from 90 - 120 seconds ...
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How to safely eject a volume when the icon has disappeared?

I was using an external hard drive and the icon has disappeared (the program used to mount the volume hung so I stopped the process with diskutil unmountDisk /dev/disk3) - so now I do not know how to ...
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External hard drive not recognised on Mac - Problem when using diskutil command on Terminal to eject it

I have an external Seagate hard drive that is recognised and works on Windows computers but not on my MacBook Air which I am currently using. I have looked at a lot of tutorials regarding this, and I ...
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Time Machine fails to eject disk (sparesebundle) on Time Capsule, then cannot mount on different Mac

Have MacA and MacB running TM and backing up to the same Time Capsule. TC has the internal drive and two attached USB drives - same problem occurs on all of them. Both Macs are latest version - 10.15....
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Eject on menu bar shows "No Drives" even though an external drive is connected

I have an external drive connected to my mac and I'm able to eject it from the finder window or the desktop like usual. Finder: Desktop: But, I would like to be able to eject it from a menu bar icon....
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Open CD/DVD tray when connected via remote-desktop and no eject key?

I am connected to my headless (and keyboard less) Mac, which has a cd / dvd drive, via Remote Desktop. If there is no disk in the drive, it doesn’t show up in Finder. How can I open the CD/DVD TRAY ...
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Why has the notification "Disk not ejected properly" changed in Mojave?

Whenever my iMac wakes from sleep I find 'hundreds' of "Disk not ejected properly" notifications.This has only started since an upgrade to Mojave. Is there an obscure setting that I can change to ...
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External drive won't eject cleanly

I have several external drives, all of which work fine, but recently purchased and backed up to a new drive (Samsung T5) which always fails to eject cleanly. Whenever I try to eject it, I'm asked: “...
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How to eject all drives from the command-line

I want to eject all hard drives with a command on the Terminal instead of going to the Finder and pressing eject on each drive. How can I do it?
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Internal DVD drive not working

I have a Macbook Pro 15 inch, mid 2010 with High Sierra installed (10.13.6) Recently I tried to put a DVD into the internal DVD drive, but nothing showed up. It made some weird sounds as if it was ...
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How can I mount a removable device as un-ejectable [duplicate]

I have a Micro-SD card which I keep permanently inserted in my MacBook Pro using a nifty Mini-drive. I doubt it should matter, but this is a 13" early 2011 MacBookPro, running High Sierra (hardware ...
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Unable to eject disk images or drives in High Sierra

I am running a MacBook Pro Early 2015 13" on High Sierra 10.13.5, and keep getting the "X disk cannot be ejected because one or more programs might be using it" message, when apparently there is no ...
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Does high sierra eject external USB drives upon logoff?

I have both a USB hub that has a flash USB and an external USB drive. A family member often pulls it out without ejecting, and I'm trying to ease the effects of that. I put an AppleScript on the ...
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diskutil eject fails when screensaver is active

Have a bunch of DVD drives connected via USB. Have written some bash scripting to interact with these drives and eject the discs when done. Running MacOS 10.10 (Yosemite)....yes I know, need to get ...
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How do I dismiss many multiples of the "Disk Not Ejected Properly" notification in macOS?

Today I'm dealing with the following problem: Is there some way I can get rid of these without spending my entire day clicking, short of Homer's Drinking Bird? Note: This is not a duplicate of ...
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Finder displays Refresh and X symbols instead of Eject for external storage device?

Typically, Finder displays the Eject symbol next to an external storage device, and an inverted version during mouseover, like this: but today, Finder displayed a Refresh symbol, and an X during ...
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Is there a menu bar tool which will let me eject external drives easily?

I usually have a lot of external drives connected to my MacBook, such as flash drives, hard drives, and SD cards. It so happens that I need to eject them quite often. The usual way I eject these is ...
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Stop iTerm2 from using disk (disk cannot be ejected) [closed]

How can stop iTerm2 from using the mounted disk I cd'd into? Sometimes, even when i cd out, it's still blocking the disk. I have to ⌘-Q the entire program which is very irritating. It's just idling ...
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How can I automatically eject volumes I no longer use?

I have a volume (saved as an encrypted sparsebundle) that I use from time to time. For security reasons it should be ejected when not in use. Of course I should do it myself, and usually I remember. ...
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Why is my wired keyboard's Eject key no longer working after OS upgrade?

Though it sounds like a duplicate of this question, it isn't; the difference is that my eject key works when I connect it to another Mac, so the hardware is good. The situation is that I have a ...
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How to remove/eject non-existing External devices from Disk Utility? [duplicate]

For some reason Disk Utility (16.0) didn't eject my HDDs correctly and show the list of ghosts external drives as per below image: despite I've no any external hard drives connected. Ejecting them ...
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How do I recover from Disk Utility hang without system restart?

I have external CDROM connected to MBP and I wanted to read one data CD. The media was in bad shape (scratched) so macOS could not read anything. I wanted to eject the disk and try another media, just ...
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mds uses disk even though Spotlight indexing is disabled for the disk

I have an external hard drive. I often eject it. I noticed that around 80% of the time I need to force eject the hard drive instead of manually ejecting it. I ran this command to see what was using my ...
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How can i remap the eject key so i can use the the sleep shortcut on a Microsoft keyboard

My new microsoft keyboard doesn't have an eject button which makes it impossible to put my computer to sleep using the usual shortcut. Is there any way to remap the eject key to an existing key so i ...
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Eject (not unmount) USB devices via terminal (SSH), and redetect a USB device after ejecting

Other than right click the device and select eject (this is not unmount, because it completely delete the device in diskutil), and then replug the device, is there a way to do this via terminal? For ...
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How can I disable the eject key on my mac keyboard?

I have a Das Keyboard for Mac that includes an eject key just to the right of the backspace key and to the left of the home key. I never need to use it, and it accidentally press it constantly which ...
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Disk Not Ejected Properly on an external hard drive I no longer own

Just wondering if anyone knows what I can do to stop this message popping up (for a specific drive, if possible)? I had an external hard drive that, because I was throwing it away, I didn't concern ...
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"Disk Not Ejected Properly" after MBP went to sleep [duplicate]

I have an external HDD connected to my MBP (2016 model). Everytime the machine goes to sleep I get the "Disk Not Ejected Properly" message, which I find annoying. There doesn't seem to be a real ...
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CD won't mount or eject, Disk Utility hangs

Every few days, my system gets into a state where a CD won't mount or eject. When I run Disk Utility, it hangs at "Loading disks". I used diskutil to see that the CD is /dev/disk4. The CD currently ...
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My WD external drive unmounted itself and now does not work

I have a strange problem. Working on an OS 10.9.5 MacBook laptop. Last night, I was exporting a 20-something GB Aperture library from my WD 2TB drive to another hard drive. I left, and when I came ...
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Safari opens on drive dismount

For some reason, sometimes when I dismount/eject a physical drive, Safari launches in the background. This behavior has occurred even in safe mode, in a guest account, with nothing else running. I've ...
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Imac turn off the screen: where is the eject button to use in the shortcut?

I have a small wireless keyboard. Where can I find the eject button to turn screen off??
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Eject / unmount ghost external disk on macOS

I use MacBook Air Mid 2013 (1.3 GHz Intel Core i5, 4 GB 1600 MHz DDR3, Intel HD Graphics 5000 1536 MB, 128GB flash storage) running macOS Sierra 10.12 $ sw_vers ProductName: Mac OS X ProductVersion:...
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Rewrite 'eject remove' command

I used the commands: defaults write com.apple.finder ProhibitEject true and sudo defaults write com.apple.finder ProhibitEject true (as stated on this page - Remove eject button from finder) The ...
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External hard drive does not eject

Since I encrypted my external hard drive it does not stop running after I press eject. It disappears from the sidebar in Finder but it does not stop running. I have removed it and connected it again ...
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problems with computer itself due to improper disconnection of disk?

I know if a disk is not ejected properly, that can cause corruption or data loss on that disk. But can it cause problems with the Mac as well, such as with the file directory? And if it did cause ...
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Itunes Thumb Drive Eject

How do I properly "eject" a thumb drive? I just uploaded about 26 hours of shows off of 12 thumb drives onto iTunes. Went to FILE, add to library, then when done loading, go to CONTROLS and hit eject, ...
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Why is AppleScript not ejecting my volume?

I have a hard drive in my mac with multiple partitions, and I want to eject some of them with AppleScript. Simple: tell application "Finder" eject disk "Photos" end tell Except it does not work....
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How to eject a DVD without logging in my Mac?

I can not log in my Mac and I want to eject CD/DVD.
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How can I have dmg files automatically unmount when I trash them?

A while ago, I used to have some kind of App or service that would automatically unmount a dmg file whenever I put the dmg file into the trash. This was really convenient, but I've since reinstalled ...
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How can I eject my external Time Machine hard disk attached to a MacBook Pro?

I used the external hard disk with Time Machine for the first time. After that when I tried to eject the disk, I got a message saying that it can't be ejected because it is being used by some ...
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Is there a way to safely eject a USB hard drive from the lock screen?

Often I come to my mac sitting on my desk in the morning and need to simply unplug it and put it in a bag. While maybe not strictly necessary to properly eject the attached USB drive, it sure would be ...
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Confirm Unmounting/Ejection of Drive During Shutdown in Logs for Yosemite 10.10.4

I shut down my laptop today on my way out of the house, which had a drive connected via USB. I was wondering if there is a way to confirm that the drive was successfully unmounted/ejected during the ...
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How to fix 'half-ejected' state of non-connected drive

I have a backup drive that I have set up to not automount (via editing /etc/fstab) I use Superduper to mount the drive, backup overnight and then unmount on exit This morning I opened my laptop to go ...
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Early 2008 Macbook Pro won't eject Windows 7 Professional disc when prompted

Im using an Early 2008 Macbook Pro and I am having a problem completing my BootCamp installation due to the fact that when I am prompted to eject the windows disc, I have no clue how to. I've tried ...