External HDD won't eject

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Mildredop, Aug 15, 2017.

  1. Mildredop macrumors 68020

    Oct 14, 2013
    I have an external hard drive which often won't eject. It says that some programs may be using it, even when I quit every application.

    Problem is, if I force eject, it then takes about twenty minutes to show-up the next time I plug it in.

    Any solutions?

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  2. Audit13 macrumors 68040


    Apr 19, 2017
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Does force ejecting make a difference?

    Are you running any 3rd party driver software such as Paragon or Tuxera?
  3. Fishrrman macrumors Pentium


    Feb 20, 2009
    Power the Mac down, all the way to "off".

    Then, disconnect the drive.

    Then, restart the Mac.

    That oughta do it...
  4. ZapNZs macrumors 68020


    Jan 23, 2017
    Is the drive allowed to be indexed by Spotlight or has this feature been disabled? - if you disable Spotlight for the drive and restart the computer, does this fix the issue?

    You could try in terminal " sudo lsof | grep VOLUMENAME " for a list of running processes that could potentially cause this
  5. Taz Mangus macrumors 68040

    Taz Mangus

    Mar 10, 2011
    Try logging out of your user account and logging back in again.
  6. ddmcnair macrumors member

    Apr 25, 2011
    This reminds me of the joke about BlondeStar: "Hello, this is BlondeStar, how may we Help." Reply, "Yeah, uh, like I am stuck in my car and can't like get out...."

    OK, now let us ask, how is the drive formatted? Have you tried running with Disk Utility? How about repartition and reformatting?
  7. artisticint macrumors newbie

    Jul 23, 2011
    Recently (High Sierra) I’ve found that force quitting Finder (via Apple logo top left and Force Quit...) has been solving the problem for me every time: and there have been a lot of times!

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