How To Remove USB From Your Mac

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Are you looking to remove a USB drive from your Mac? If so, you’re in the right place! USB drives are one of the most commonly used external storage devices out there. They’re convenient, portable, and can be used for many different purposes.

However, it’s important to remember to safely remove your USB drive before unplugging it from your Mac. Otherwise, you risk losing or corrupting any data stored on the drive. In this blog post, we’ll explain how to safely eject a USB drive from a Mac and why it’s so important.

First of all, let’s talk about why it’s important to safely eject a USB drive before unplugging it. When you connect a USB drive to your Mac, the system creates a “virtual connection” between the two devices. If you unplug the USB drive without first properly disconnecting it, files that were stored on the device could become corrupted or lost.

Therefore, whenever you want to unplug a USB drive from your Mac it is critical that you use one of two methods for safely ejecting the device:

Method 1: Right-Click Method
To eject drives using the right-click method simply right-click on the drive you want to remove and click on the Eject “[insert drive name here]” button. Then just wait until the drive disappears from your desktop before pulling it out (this can sometimes take up to 5 seconds). There is also a shortcut in Finder that you can use – select the drive in Finder and press? E which is the shortcut for File » Eject (this works for any volume such as external drives, network shares, or disk images).

Method 2: Safely Remove the Hardware Icon
The other way of safely removing hardware is by clicking on the Safely Remove Hardware icon located on your taskbar (if you don’t see this icon then select Show hidden icons). Then press and hold (or right-click) this icon and select which hardware device you want to remove – usually this will be something like “USB Mass Storage Device” or “External Hard Drive”. Once selected just click Eject and wait until all files have been written back onto your computer’s hard disk before pulling out the USB connector cable plugging away from the computer port slot.

As long as both methods are followed correctly then no data should be lost when removing any type of external storage device such as an SD card or flash thumb drive from your Mac computer system setup. So don’t forget to always follow proper safety procedures when handling electronics such as computers and digital storage media!

Ejecting USB From Mac Without Icon

Method 2: The Finder Method To eject USB drives from Mac without an icon, open the Finder application. Then, click on the “Go” tab at the top of your screen and select “Computer” from the drop-down menu. A list of all your drives will appear in the window. Right-click on the drive you want to remove and select “Eject [drive name].” After a few seconds, your drive will disappear from the list. You can now safely unplug your USB drive without any data loss.

Ejecting a USB from a Mac Keyboard

To eject a USB drive from your Mac keyboard, press and hold the Option key on your keyboard, then press and hold the Eject key. This will eject any connected USB drives from your Mac. You can also eject a USB drive by selecting the drive in Finder and pressing ?E (File » Eject). This works for any volume (external drives, network shares, disk images).

Removing USB From Computer

No, it is not recommended to just remove a USB from your computer. Doing so can cause data loss or even damage your computer. To safely remove a USB device, look for the Safely Remove Hardware icon on the taskbar. If you don’t see it, select Show hidden icons. Press and hold (or right-click) the icon and select the hardware you want to remove. After that, wait for your computer to confirm that it is safe to disconnect the device before unplugging it from your computer.

Safely Removing a USB Device

To safely remove a USB drive, start by right-clicking on the USB drive icon in your computer’s File Explorer. From the pop-up menu, select the “Eject” option. This will begin the safe removal process. Make sure that all data transfers have finished and that no programs are using any files stored on the USB drive before ejecting it. Once you click “Eject”, wait a few seconds for the computer to finish disconnecting the drive properly before unplugging it from your device. This should help ensure that no data is lost or corrupted during the disconnection process.

Manually Ejecting a USB Device

To manually eject a USB flash drive or external hard drive, you will need to first open the ‘My Computer’ window. Here, you should be able to see the device listed as a connected drive. Right-click on the device and select ‘Eject’ from the menu. Alternatively, if you are using a Mac computer, you can drag the device icon to the Trash bin and it will change to an Eject icon; click on this to safely eject the USB. If all else fails, hold down the ‘Ctrl’ key on your keyboard and left-click your mouse over the device icon. A pop-up menu should appear; click ‘Eject’ from this menu and your USB is now safely removed from your computer.

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Locating a USB Drive on a Mac

To find your USB drive on your Mac, open Finder and check the sidebar on the left. If you don’t see your USB drive listed there, go to Finder > Preferences > General and make sure the box next to External Disks is selected. Then, look for your USB drive in the sidebar again. If you still don’t see it, try plugging in the USB drive again or restarting your computer. Once you have found it, you can double-click it to open its contents.

Locating the Eject USB Button

The Eject USB button can be found in the bottom right corner of the bottom toolbar. If the USB icon is not visible, click the Up arrow to reveal it. Once you’ve located the USB icon, click on it to find your external hard drive and then select the Eject button. This will prompt a message stating that it’s safe to disconnect, as well as a bell noise.

Can I Unplug a USB Without Ejecting?

No, it is not recommended to unplug a USB drive without ejecting it first. Ejecting a USB drive safely ensures that any data that may be in the process of being written to the drive is properly saved. Unplugging a USB drive without first ejecting can cause data corruption or the loss of files, so it is important to always eject your USB drive before disconnecting it from your computer.


In conclusion, USB is a great way to connect external hardware such as hard drives and USB drives to a computer. It’s important to safely remove USB drives by using the right-click method or the Safely Remove Hardware icon on the taskbar. If done incorrectly, there is a risk of losing data. Therefore, it’s important to take the time to make sure you properly eject USB sticks before unplugging them from your computer.

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James Walker has a deep passion for technology and is our in-house enthusiastic editor. He graduated from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and loves to test the latest gadgets and play with older software (something we’re still trying to figure out about himself). Hailing from Iowa, United States, James loves cats and is an avid hiker in his free time.