Finder Window Closes when i "Eject" Drives or Dmgs

Discussion in 'macOS' started by a1dipship, Feb 23, 2008.

  1. a1dipship macrumors regular

    Jun 10, 2007
    Finder Window Closes when i "Eject" Drives or Dmgs

    anyone know why this could be happening?

    I press the Finder icon and a new window appears but its a bug right? Its been happening for ages but ive only got round to asking now.

    anyone know how to fix it?
  2. arkitect macrumors 603


    Sep 5, 2005
    Bath, United Kingdom
    If the Finder window was opened by the Drive or Dmg then it will disappear if you eject the drive or image.

    Not a bug.
  3. a1dipship thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 10, 2007
    window not opened by dmg...

    im talking about my main finder window where i open dmgs or plug in an external drive. when i eject them the MAIN and ONLY finder window disappears and i have to click the dock icon to get it to reappear.

    a bug / glitch on my comp.
  4. HastaLaVista macrumors member

    Finder closing or disappearing. . .

    Ditto here.

    Only today did I realize this was not normal. I was talking to a fellow Mac user (MBP) and mentioned that I found the fact that Finder closes whenever I eject anything a bit annoying.

    It closes when I eject my CF card, CD, etc.

    Also, if I burn a CD or DVD through finder and walk away, finder closes (actually I don't have to walk away, it will close with me looking at it ;-).

    This latter issue is causing me problems because burning subsequent CD/DVD's is problematic, the system thinks there is an application still using the CD/DVD (after it is out and replaced).

    Anyone else?
  5. whidbeyben macrumors member

    Nov 7, 2007
    West Coast
    Ditto- smells like a bug

    Since upgrading to 10.5, this happens frequently when ejecting an external USB drive, and mounted disk images. The open finder window closes unexpectedly. Why can't we report these bugs to Apple more directly? Not a critical malfunction, but clearly a bug that should be addressed with 10.5.x
  6. bocomo macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2007
    New York
    if you got to the finder window by dbl clicking the drive, then eject the drive-the finder window will close. that's not a bug. if you're experiencing something different, you may have a bug.
  7. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    I don't know how long Whidbeben has been on Mac but it's been that way since the 10.0. It's not a bug, if you open the Finder from the from the drive (as the other forum member mentioned) upon ejection the Finder will close because you are not really opening the Finder, you are opening the drive. If you have an existing Finder window open and eject your drive from there the Finder stays open as it's suppose to.
  8. HastaLaVista macrumors member

    I think I nailed it down. For me at least, I don't open Finder by clicking on the drive. I just do Command-N for a new window. If the drive I am about to eject is selected when I eject it, Finder closes. If I have something else selected (say Documents) when I eject a drive, Finder remains open. This works for me. Its a bit counter-intuitive, but it works.

    This is a daily problem for me and my CF cards from my DSLR.

    I haven't figured out the DVD Burning issue though.
  9. ~Toby macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2014
    This is definitely a bug in El Kapitan 10.11.5. I get the same behavior. It doesn't matter how the finder window is created. If I eject a mounted volume (thumb drive, dmg, external disk drive) with the volume selected the finder window closes. If something else is selected the window stays open. This annoying. Happens that I'm doing something else, notice that the volume is mounted, but I don't need it anymore, click the eject button and presto I lose the context I'm working in and have to go back and reopen the window I was working in. Now if I could just remember to not select the volume before I eject it things would be fine, but old habits die hard and fingers fly before thought catches up.
  10. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    yeah - not a "bug", per se.
    Just a (normal) behavior by the finder.
    That has worked that way since the beginning of OS X, AFAIK. Notice that the rest of this thread is from early 2008, when Leopard was the active OS X system.

    If you have a finder window open, and select a mounted drive, the finder window displays the contents of the selected drive.
    If you eject the drive at that time, then the finder window closes.
    Completely normal behavior for the OS X finder.

    If you don't want the finder window to close, then do this some other way. There's several work arounds, if that's the behavior that you want.
    Of course, you will have to also discover a way to prevent your "muscle memory" from undoing your potential work-arounds. :D
    One possible choice would be in Finder Preferences. Uncheck the setting "Open folders in tabs instead of new windows"
  11. groovyd Suspended


    Jun 24, 2013
    lol... it is a bug. just because they never fix it and it can be obtusely rationalized as a feature doesn't make it one. why should the finder window close after you ejected a drive? since when does eject drive also mean close the window? it's just ridiculous to be honest that this has never been addressed.
  12. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    Please read the other posts in this thread before you answer.
    Just to repeat, (redundantly), if a finder window is the directory or folder of the drive that you eject, the window closes when you eject the volume.
    What other result would you expect?
    It's not a "feature", and not a "work-around", it's just the way that OS X/macOS Finder has always worked.

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