Help HUGE problem i can't unmount anything whatsoever!

Discussion in 'macOS' started by hb21, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. hb21 macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2011
    i really need your help here guys...

    i tried everything from command lines to stopping spotlight and i can't seem to eject any usb/external hdd/dmg's

    not only that...every time i reconnect the usb, the icon is shown again on the desktop (along with the old one which i ejected by removing the usb and getting the "ur drive was not ejected properly" dialog). so if i keep connecting and reconnecting i end up having multiple icons of the same drive!!

    i decided to reinstall and i got a new hdd (the old one isn't being recognized for some reason) and when i want to enable time machine it has to format so i press ok but then it says "cannot unmount disk"

    what should i do?

    any help would be appreciated
  2. ScoobyMcDoo macrumors 65816

    Nov 26, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Any chance finder or some other process is accessing that drive when you try to eject it?

    Have you taken a look at the logs with the console app to see if you can find a hint there?
  3. hb21 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2011
    yes i've already posted once and a person told me to show him the logs and nothing helpful was shown...

    i kept seeing the "mds" process so i disabled spotlight altogether and that still didn't work

    should i just reinstall OS X ?
  4. maril1111 macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2010
    yes but backup first
  5. hb21 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2011
    is there like a guide to reinstalling because i saw 2 sites and one said i should launch from the desktop and the other said i should shut down then boot while pressing c to go to the menu

    is there anything i should know about the reinstallation process or is it pretty straightforward?

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