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Old Nov 13, 2008, 08:52 AM   #1
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Removing a USB device - any "safe removal" steps?

In windows, I have to click a taskbar icon and cancel the function of a USB device before it can be safely removed.

New to Mac OS, and wondered if there is a similar process or whether a flash drive/etc. can just be unplugged.
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Old Nov 13, 2008, 08:53 AM   #2
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On the desktop, drag it to the trash. Or highlight it and press CMD + E. Or in a Finder window press the little circle next to its name in the sidebar.
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Old Nov 13, 2008, 08:54 AM   #3
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If it's mounted as a drive you should unmount it first, and give it a few seconds before you unplug it. If it's not a mounted device then you can just unplug it
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Old Nov 13, 2008, 08:54 AM   #4
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Just drag the usb icon on your desktop to the trashcan. The trashcan will then turn to an eject button, drop the usb icon on this.

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Old Nov 13, 2008, 08:56 AM   #5
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Depends on what type of device. If its a USB pen drive for example, use Finder and eject the drive, just like a normal 'drive'. Same deal with an iPod/iPhone - it should be ejected, but use iTunes for an iPod/iPhone.

For a peripheral (scanner, keyboard) just unplug it.

In short, if the device contains 'files/music/photos/video' it should be ejected.
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Old Nov 13, 2008, 09:15 AM   #6
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Thanks! I appreciate that help.
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Old Jan 26, 2010, 07:23 AM   #7
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Safe Removing of USB modems on Mac?

How do you safely remove internet sticks on a Mac?Ļ
I donīt see any icons to throw in the trash! What to do?

I have Huawei E169 internet stick and my system is OSX 10.4.6.

I used to have a Nokia CS-15 USB internet stick and I removed it in various ways, but it always gave me error messages about unsafe removal of the USB-device.

Now I havenīt removed this device at all (and not even closed my computer at all) cause I donīt find any safe way to remove the device!

Please Help!
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