To be safe rather than sorry my Macs have a number of external disk drives, usually USB, but one leftover FireWire external drive. The automated backup scheme copies files from the Macs to the external disks. Sometimes those disks need to be ejected from the Mac. Here’s the easy way.
Either one of these Mac utility apps can safely, easily, and quickly eject connected external storage devices. In my case it’s mostly USB disks, but sometimes FireWire, and occasionally a thumb drive or disk image.
At the low end of the scale is unDock, a simple Mac app that does one thing and does it well. Click the icon in the Mac’s Menubar and whatever is connected gets ejected.
Even Time Machine gets canceled cleanly with a click. unDock is simple enough for those new to the Mac, but also comes with keyboard shortcuts for power users who don’t want to take up yet another spot in the Mac’s Menubar.
The inspiration behind unDock is straightforward. MacBook users who need to hit the road often have to wait for Time Machine to finish a backup before disconnecting the backup disk.
unDock does a clean eject, cleanly ejecting anything it determines is connected to your Mac, and all of them at the same time (actually, one after the other, but still…).
unDock’s preferences are straightforward and gives you options to select which external devices to eject.
For a few dollars more there’s the Mountain app for the Mac which does much the same thing, but has a few more useful tricks.
Not only can Mountain eject connected devices, it call also do it one-by-one as needed, and remount those storage volumes as long as they remain connected to the Mac.
Either app will do the job of ejected connected storage devices with a single click.