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Old Jan 21, 2008, 05:55 AM   #1
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Eject USB flash drive from menu bar. dock or shortcut?

I'm always using USB drives to move files to and fro from the corporate Windows network (IT teams: don't ask why ).

Anyway, I've always got Quark and CS3 files open and it's a right pain having to eject USB drives from the sidebar of an open Finder window... can I put something in the menu bar or dock that will eject Flash drives or is there an obscure keyboard shortcut I'm not aware of?

Thanks in advance.
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Old Jan 21, 2008, 07:03 AM   #2
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Apple + E will eject it, but I'm not sure that's what you're after, because you have to select it on the desktop first, and I get the feeling you're looking for a all encompassing 'spew' command that'll eject anything that's connected.

I have definitely seen a menubar eject application in the post your menubar threads, but I'm not sure if it's for the optical drive only.

Um, sorry. That's not a very helpful post.
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Old Jan 21, 2008, 07:12 AM   #3
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Do you think this might work?

http://www.hutsby.net/2008/01/apple-...-bar-item.html
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Old Jan 21, 2008, 07:21 AM   #4
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I get the feeling you're looking for a all encompassing 'spew' command that'll eject anything that's connected.
Spew command; I like it. Apple E doesn't eject it unless it's selected which means trolling back to the desktop or a Finder window to select it... You can put an eject icon in the menubar but it only works on optical drives as far as I can tell.

I just want to eject my USB drives without interrupting my work.

Edit: Annk, you are a genius. The note at the bottom of that article is what I'm looking for. I'll try Ejector!
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Old Jan 21, 2008, 07:42 AM   #5
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...The note at the bottom of that article is what I'm looking for. I'll try Ejector!
Heh, "Ejector" sounds like something a super hero would call out before performing one of the super hero acts.

I thought it sounded good, too - I'm gonna try it as well.
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Old Jan 21, 2008, 07:45 AM   #6
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Got it installed, it runs as an app. Gotta have it as a startup item on login if you want it always there. Clicking on it in the menu bar brings up a pull-down menu which gives you a choice of drives to unmount... perfect. Thank you.
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I mostly use CMD-E shortcut. It works even if you only have the flash drive window open.

The other way I eject such devices is by pressing the eject button in the Finder side bar.
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I mostly use CMD-E shortcut. It works even if you only have the flash drive window open.

The other way I eject such devices is by pressing the eject button in the Finder side bar.
I think BV wants to be able to eject without having to have selected the drive / drive icon first, or having to open a Finder window.
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Old Jan 21, 2008, 08:17 AM   #9
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I mostly use CMD-E shortcut. It works even if you only have the flash drive window open.
That doesn't work if you've got your screen full of open Quark documents, Bridge and CS3 files open. I was looking for a one-step process rather than using Expose to get to a Finder window or the desktop, avoiding Finder all together.
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Old Jan 21, 2008, 01:22 PM   #10
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Spew command; I like it.
I felt as though there should be some humour in the post as there was little useful information. Glad you got it sorted.
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Old Oct 7, 2011, 05:33 PM   #11
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Any new idea? (for 1-click USB drive eject)

Hi all,
Has anyone found a tip to achieve this? That's sadly one of the few operations where Window$ ergonomics is (slighty) better: Why can't it be possible to get the extrenal drive icon to appear in the dock with a way to eject it either through a command in a menu or evenby drag-and-droping it in the trash.
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Old Jan 28, 2012, 05:43 AM   #12
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Found solution

GO TO APP STORE AND GET APP CALLED 'unDOCK'


hope this helps
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Old Jun 26, 2012, 07:12 AM   #13
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Free Solution, AppleScript + Spark

I have two scripts for you to do this:
  1. Eject all
  2. Eject All Except CD/DVD

Edject All
Code:
tell application "Finder" to eject (every disk whose ejectable is true)
Eject All Except CD/DVD
Code:
tell application "Finder" to eject (disks where free space is not 0)
You can download Spark for free, which will allow you to assign a hot key or key combination to run AppleScripts. I have mine set to >COMMAND + E<, for example.
http://spark.en.softonic.com/mac
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Old Jun 26, 2012, 07:26 AM   #14
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I use unDock and it works great.
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Old Jul 9, 2013, 04:57 AM   #15
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I have two scripts for you to do this:
  1. Eject all
  2. Eject All Except CD/DVD

Edject All
Code:
tell application "Finder" to eject (every disk whose ejectable is true)
That's great, thanks! I just saved that as an application and called it "jjj eject". Now I launch spotlight, type "jjj" end press enter. It's quick and requires no always-running apps.
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