Ejecting USB Drives in Mavericks?

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This is going to be a dumb question, but since updating to Mavericks I’ve still to find a reliable and easy way to eject USB drives. In Mountain Lion I’m sure that you could simply use Command+E or the Eject option in the contextual menu. Both of these appear to have disappeared in Mavericks. Google tells me that there should be an icon next to the drives in Finder, but I’ve not been able to locate this with VoiceOver. I’ve also tried the F12 key (I’m using a non-Apple keyboard). VoiceOver says “Eject” when I do this, but the drive remains listed in Finder. There is an Eject option when I use Disk Utility. but there has to be an easier option, yes? So, would somebody please put me out of my misery and point me towards what will no doubt be the obvious (smiles)



Submitted by Piotr Machacz on Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Command-E works just fine here, both from the desktop as well as when I have the drive highlighted under "computer". Keep in mind that if you use a Windows keyboard, your command and option keys are swapped - IE, command, which on mac keyboards is where alt would be, is actually on the "windows" key, and vice versa.

Submitted by Unregistered User (not verified) on Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Bizarre! Command+E does nothing here - either when focus is on the drive in the side bar in Finder, when browsing Computer in Finder or on the Drive’s icon on the Desktop. Did I mention that this was bizarre? (smile)

Submitted by Blind I Am on Tuesday, February 18, 2014

You might want to read this thread on the Apple Support Forum: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3689985?tstart=0 The poster has what seems to be an identical problem and various solutions are suggested.

Submitted by Unregistered User (not verified) on Tuesday, February 18, 2014

In reply to by Blind I Am

Many, many thanks for the pointer to that forum post! Deleting the plist files mentioned in one of the replies has now got everything back working as it should be (smiles)