How to Unmount a Drive on Windows, Mac or Linux

How to Unmount a Drive on Windows, Mac or Linux

Today, you’ll learn how you can unmount a hard drive that is connected to your computer. The term unmounting a drive means ejecting a drive. Please note that you are not able to unmount your computer’s main hard drive where you have installed the operating system.

Unmount a Drive on Windows

How to Unmount a Drive on Windows

  1. Go to the Start menu.
  2. Click on File Explorer for a machine running Windows 10. If you are using Windows 7 or Vista select Computer from the right column.
  3. Make sure you’re on My Computer, Computer or This PC which will be listed in the left pane. The names differ for Windows versions.
  4. A list of all currently active drives will be displayed under the “Devices and drives”.
  5. Select the drive that you are willing to unmount. This drive should be either a secondary internal drive or a removable hard drive (e.g.: a SD card or a flash drive, a virtual mounted drive)
  6. Click on the Manage tab which is in the ribbon located at top of the File Explorer window. If this ribbon is not visible, you can simply right click on the drive.
  7. Click on the Eject button.
  8. Once you click on this button, you’ll see the drive’s icon disappeared from the File Explorer window. A notification mentioning that it is safe to remove the hard drive will be displayed.
  9. Now you can remove the drive from your computer.

Unmount a Drive on a Mac

How to Unmount a Drive on Mac

  1. Open the Finder. This is the blue and gray face which you can see in the Dock at the bottom-left.
  2. In the Finder window, on the left hand side find your drive located below the “Devices” heading
  3. Click on the Eject Button. It is visible at the right of your drive’s name.
  4. Once you click on it, it will be removed from your Mac’s available drives.
  5. Now you can remove the physical drive safely from your Mac computer.

On GNU/Linux

How to Unmount a Drive on Linux

  1. Open a terminal
  2. Now type ‘df -h’ to list all available drives.
  3. Find your drive and remember the drive’s mounted path.
  4. To unmount the drive, type the command ‘sudo umount’ followed directory that it is mounted on.
  5. Please note that you should have superuser privileges to do this.
  6. Now you can safely remove your drive from the computer.


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