How to remove a USB flash drive, removable disk (drive), etc. in macOS (7 ways)

If you use USB flash drives when working with macOS, removable drives, work with other network resources or disk images, that, for sure, you know, that the operating system always mounts them, as a separate disk on the computer.

To properly disable such disks should follow a simple procedure, but, not everyone knows, There are several ways to do this.


  1. Dragging Out. Favorite Newbie Method, but for one and the most visual – use familiar drag&Drop (grab and drag). All connected devices create shortcuts on macOS desktop. Just start dragging them, hooking the mouse, like at this moment the basket, located in the dock, change to eject icon. We place the icon in place of the new icon and it is removed from the system.
  2. Extract from context menu. No less simple and universal extraction method, after all implement it, unlike previous, not only from macOS desktop. It is enough to call the context menu on the disk itself, either against the window with its contents and select the item Extract.
  3. Extract from the menu bar. For those, who got used to work without using the mouse and navigating the application menu using the keyboard, There will not be there in the menu of the open image go to the File section → Take out.
  4. Extract from Finder. Default, all mounted disks in macOS are displayed in the Finder sidebar. By clicking on the item Extract from the context menu, you can disable the image.
  5. Extract using hotkey. All lovers «shortcuts» and «hot keys» can adopt a new combination of buttons in the system. Simultaneous pressing ⌘ (Command) + E in the active image window or with its shortcut selected will disable.
  6. Removing DVD discs from the keyboard. On mac, equipped with DVD drives, you can remove inserted discs using the special Eject button on the keyboard. For computers, equipped with two drives can be used ⌥ Eject for the second disk.
  7. Extract via disk utility. If for some reason the above methods do not work, you can disconnect the disk using Disk Utility. This is a standard application, which can be found using the Spotlight search or in the Applications folder → Utilities. In the side menu of the application, simply select the desired device or image and click the Extract button.