Strange / suspicious disk eject error message?

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  1. Ph.D., Dec 21, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2018

    Ph.D. macrumors 6502

    Jul 8, 2014
    I have had a few false "disk not ejected properly" messages pop up on a laptop. By false, I mean that no device of that name was ever attached by me. The device name was a person's name (not mine, etc.) in one case and a normal-sounding attached storage device name in another (also nothing to do with me). No device was attached at any time proximate to the messages.

    This feels very uncomfortable. What's up? Thoughts? Ideas?
  2. Ph.D. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 8, 2014
    Bump because it happened again. Scary! What could cause this?
  3. carlsson macrumors 6502


    Jul 18, 2001
    It may be many different things.
    Open the app Terminal and write "ls /Volumes" and press Return. What volumes are listed there?
  4. Ph.D., Jun 14, 2018
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2018

    Ph.D. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 8, 2014
    InstallESD Macintosh HD

    I presume the InstallESD device is related to a pending OS-X update?

    This is a late model MacBook Pro with SSD and USB-C. I noted in the past that a USB storage device that I had attached had on rare occasions produced this error (in an otherwise normal fashion) many hours after it was removed, which was weird enough. But the warnings that I'm worried about had absolutely no connection to me nor anything that I could interpret as normal.

    What sort of "many different things" could it be?

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