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    Question command line alternative for "Safely Remove Drive"

    Ubuntu Server 10.04 LTS

    Is there a command line alternative to clicking on "Safely Remove Drive" in nautilus?

    When I click on "Safely Remove Drive" in nautilus, the USB HDD attached (WD Elements) vanishes from the nautilus "places" list, the drive spins down, and the light on the drive dims to indicate that it is powered down.

    I have tried the "umount" command as well as the "eject" command from the terminal, but they both only seem to unmount the drive, as it is still shown in the nautilus "places" list and the light on the drive stays bright.

    is there another way? thanks!
    Last edited by balance07; August 9th, 2011 at 05:18 PM. Reason: tried 'umount' as well

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    Re: command line alternative for "Safely Remove Drive"

    sudo umount /media/<name of HDD>

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    Re: command line alternative for "Safely Remove Drive"

    thanks for the reply, xiainx. i should have mentioned that i tried 'umount' before 'eject', and that they both seem to do the same thing, unmount only, and not power down the usb drive.

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    Re: command line alternative for "Safely Remove Drive"

    You should really d. check this, just what I've observed here
    Ex.I have a usb drive, sdb with 1 partition sdb1

    So to 'Safely remove' from cli -
    Code:
    udisks --unmount /dev/sdb1 && udisks --detach /dev/sdb
    see man udisks for more info, ect.
    Last edited by mc4man; August 9th, 2011 at 05:35 PM.

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    Re: command line alternative for "Safely Remove Drive"

    YES!

    thanks mc4man, that did the trick!

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    Re: command line alternative for "Safely Remove Drive"

    Thanks a lot!!!!!!!

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    Re: command line alternative for "Safely Remove Drive"

    Old thread closed.

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