Mac OS X 10.2, 10.3: How to eject removable media with simple Finder

Learn how to eject removable media, such as a CD or iPod, when Simple Finder is enabled.
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You can eject removable media from your computer, including: CDs, an iPod, Zip disks, FireWire drives, USB drives, and external floppy disks.

These steps apply to Mac OS X 10.2, Mac OS X Server 10.2, Mac OS X 10.3, and Mac OS X Server 10.3.

Removable media in the computer's optical drive

To eject a disc from the computer's optical drive, press the Media Eject key.

Figure 1 Media Eject key

You can also press the F12 key on keyboards that don't have a Media Eject key.

Removable media in a different drive, including external third-party drives

If the media's window appears in Simple Finder, drag the disk icon from the top of its window to the Trash.

Figure 2 Dragging the disk icon to the Trash

You can also eject media by restarting the computer. Immediately after you hear the system startup sound, press and hold the mouse button. Continue to hold the mouse button until the computer is finished starting up. The disk should eject as the computer starts up.

If you have an external USB or FireWire device, you can safely disconnect it right after you hear the system startup sound.

Eject using Sidebar in Mac OS X 10.3

In Mac OS X Panther, you can also use the Sidebar to eject an item:
  1. Open any application. TextEdit is a good choice.
  2. From the File menu, choose Open.
  3. An eject icon appears next to each disk or item you can eject. Click the eject icon to eject it.

    Figure 3 Eject icon next to a disk

  4. Click Cancel, then quit the application.

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Published Date: Oct 11, 2016