How to Eject Flash Drive on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Ejecting a flash drive on a Mac is an essential step to ensure that your data is safely removed before physically disconnecting the device. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of ejecting a flash drive on your Mac.

Step 1: Locate the Flash Drive Icon
Firstly, you need to locate the icon representing your flash drive. This icon typically appears on your desktop or in the Finder sidebar. It usually resembles a small removable disk.

Step 2: Right-click and Select Eject
To eject the flash drive, right-click on the icon representing your device. A context menu will appear with several options. Look for and select the “Eject” option from this menu.

Step 3: Eject Using Keyboard Shortcut
Alternatively, you can also use a keyboard shortcut to eject your flash drive. Simply highlight the icon representing your device by clicking on it once, and then press Command + E on your keyboard.

Note: If you are using an older Mac keyboard without an Eject key, you can use Command + Shift + U as an alternative shortcut for ejecting.

Step 4: Confirm Ejection
After performing either of the above steps, macOS will verify if any files are currently being accessed or transferred to/from the flash drive. If there are any ongoing operations, a notification alert will appear informing you about them. Make sure all operations are completed before proceeding.

  • If no operations are in progress and it is safe to remove the flash drive, macOS will display a message saying “The disk was ejected properly.” You can now safely disconnect your flash drive.
  • If any ongoing operations are detected, wait for them to complete or cancel them manually before proceeding with disconnection.


If you encounter any issues while trying to eject your flash drive, here are a few troubleshooting steps you can try:

Force Eject the Flash Drive

In some cases, macOS may prevent you from ejecting the flash drive due to ongoing background processes. To force eject the device, press and hold the Option key on your keyboard while right-clicking on the flash drive icon.

This will reveal an additional option that says “Eject [Device Name]”. Click on this option to forcefully eject the flash drive.

Use Disk Utility

If force ejecting doesn’t work, you can also try using Disk Utility. Launch Disk Utility from Applications > Utilities or by searching for it in Spotlight.

Select your flash drive from the list of devices on the left-hand side, and click on the “Unmount” button at the top of the window. Once unmounted, you should be able to safely disconnect your flash drive.

Remember, properly ejecting your flash drive is crucial to prevent data corruption or loss. By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your files are safely removed before physically disconnecting your device.

Now that you know how to safely eject a flash drive on a Mac, you can confidently use external storage devices without worrying about data integrity and loss.

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