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Ejecting Disks

When you eject a disk, the disk is physically removed from the disk drive and its icon disappears from the desktop.


  • When the disk's icon disappears from the desktop, it is said to be unmounted.

To eject a disk

  1. Click the disk's icon once to select it.

  2. Choose File > Eject (Figure 52), or press $%E.

    Figure 52Figure 52 Select the disk, and then choose Eject from the File menu to eject the disk.


  1. Drag the disk's icon to the Trash (Figure 53). As you drag, the Trash icon turns into a rectangle with a triangle on top (Figure 54).

    Figure 53Figure 53 Or drag the disk icon to the Trash.

    Figure 54Figure 54 When you drag a disk icon, the Trash icon transforms into an icon like this.

  2. When the mouse pointer moves over the Trash icon, it becomes selected (Figure 53). Release the mouse button.


Press the Eject key on the keyboard.


  • If you try to eject a disk that contains one or more files that are in use by your computer, a dialog like the one in Figure 55 appears. Click OK or press r or e to dismiss the dialog, then quit the open application. You should then be able to eject the disk. Working with applications is covered in Chapter 5.

    Figure 55Figure 55 A dialog like this appears if you try to eject a disk that contains open fi les.

  • Not all keyboards include an Eject key. On some keyboards, = may act as an Eject key.

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