Eject USB flash drive from menu bar. dock or shortcut?

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

    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.
     
  2. Lau
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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. :eek:
     
  3. Blue Velvet
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    Spew command; I like it. :D 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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    Heh, "Ejector" sounds like something a super hero would call out before performing one of the super hero acts. :p

    I thought it sounded good, too - I'm gonna try it as well.
     
  5. Blue Velvet
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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 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.
     
  8. Blue Velvet
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    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.
     
  9. Lau
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    I felt as though there should be some humour in the post as there was little useful information. ;) Glad you got it sorted.
     
  10. kalium
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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.
     
  11. pow001
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    Found solution

    GO TO APP STORE AND GET APP CALLED 'unDOCK'


    hope this helps :)
     
  12. macmadness86
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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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  14. bayxsonic
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    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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