How to eject an external drive on Mac? 7 Quick ways explained!

It’s important to properly eject your external USB drive, SD Card or other storage device after you have finished transferring files. Incorrectly eject an external drive can cause data corruption, or even damage to the drive. This blog post will explain how to safely eject external USB drives from your Mac. It’s a simple but crucial process that ensures the integrity of the data and extends the life of the storage device. Seven quick and simple methods are available to remove an external USB or SD card from your Mac. Take a look at each one.

Mac: Eject the external drive from your desktop

  • Click on the Desktop icon.
  • Click on the external USB drive, SD Card or right-click and select Eject.

How to eject an external drive on Mac? 7 Quick ways explained!

It is easy to safely remove a USB drive from a Mac. It’s good to know a few other things. Continue reading.

Mac keyboard shortcut to eject external drives

  • Choose an external USB or SD Card on the desktop.
  • To eject a drive, press Command + E.

How to eject an external drive on Mac? 7 Quick ways explained!

File menu: Eject the drive

  • Go to the Desktop in Mac with the Finder open.
  • Select Eject from the File menu.

How to eject an external drive on Mac? 7 Quick ways explained!

Bin Eject USB Drive using Bin

  • Choose an external USB or SD Card on the desktop.
  • Drag the USB drive or SD Card into the Bin on Dock.

How to eject an external drive on Mac? 7 Quick ways explained!

Remove external drives from the sidebar of the Finder

  • Open Finder by clicking the Dock icon on your Mac.
  • Click on the triangle icon to eject the external disk in the sidebar.

How to eject an external drive on Mac? 7 Quick ways explained!

Disk Utility for Mac allows you to eject a drive

  • Launch Disk Utility from the Launchpad on your Mac or Spotlight.
    Disk Utility can be found in Finder under Applications and Utilities.
  • The external disk will be ejected when you click the triangle icon.

How to eject an external drive on Mac? 7 Quick ways explained!

Use the Terminal to eject an external drive

  • Launchpad or Spotlight can be used to open Terminal on Mac.
    You can open Terminal by clicking on Finder, Applications and Utilities.
  • Press Return on your keyboard to type diskutil list external.
    You will be able to see all external drives attached to your Mac.
  • Write down the identifier for the external drive that you wish to eject.
  • Press Return to return the diskutil eject ID.
    To eject the external drive, replace (ID) with its identifier.

How to eject an external drive on Mac? 7 Quick ways explained!

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FAQs

Why should you remove an external USB device before removing the drive?
By ejecting a USB external drive before removing it, you can ensure data integrity, prevent damage or wear to the drive, and minimize the risk of file error by closing any active processes.

What can I do if the USB drive won’t eject?
Check if there are any applications using the USB drive. After closing these applications, you can try ejecting the drive again. If this doesn’t work, try restarting your Mac. If it persists, your drive could be damaged or corrupt.

Why can’t I find my external hard drive on Finder?
There are many reasons you may not be able to locate an external drive connected to your Mac. From a misconfigured Mac to a problem with the drive, there are many possible causes. Refer to our guide to fix external drives not appearing in Finder for the cause.

Wrap up

This guide will help you eject external USB drives and SD cards from your Mac. In the comments below, let us know what method you find most convenient to eject USB drives and SD cards on Mac.

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