Eject, Unmount. Difference is...?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by estee065, Apr 1, 2008.

  1. estee065 macrumors member

    Jun 26, 2006
    My wife meant to eject her ipod and accidentally right clicked my backup drive and clicked eject. Beyond unplugging the drive is there a way to re-mount the drive? I looked under disk utility but the drive didn't show up there as it was ejected. I noticed in disk utility that there is an eject and an unmount option, and I realized, I didn't know there was a difference. Is there? Thanks for any replies
  2. Trip.Tucker Guest

    Mar 13, 2008
    Eject will do just that, allow a cd rom to be removed from the tray or unlink a removable device e.g. a USB key.

    A dismount or unmount or umount will remove the block device pointer to the file system/volume, etc. e.g. /cdrom can be unmounted so the folder /cdrom no longer links to the device, and then ejected where the tray is triggered to extend out (or spit out the cd rom in a trayless slot loader)

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