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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2015

    Unable to disconnect external harddrive


    I currently have my seagate 2TB portable HDD connected to my laptop dualbooting Win8.1 / Ubuntu 14.04. I can't figure out how to safely remove the drive. I have tried to click the triangle eject button, right click te drive and click safely eject, right clicking safely eject from the launcher bar and I also tried to turn it off using the power button in the 'disks' menu. Every time I try this the drive turns off and immediately on again really fast, so there's no time to unplug it.

    How can I turn the drive off and safely unplug it without it immediately reconnecting?

    (Edit: grammar)
    Last edited by brent20; March 29th, 2015 at 11:40 PM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Xubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus

    Re: Unable to disconnect external harddrive

    If the drive has an icon on your desktop, and you right-click it and select "safely remove drive," and the icon disappears, you can disconnect it.

    It's not clear what model of drive you have, but in my experience most external drives have a physical switch to power them down.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    S.H.I.E.L.D. 6-1-6
    Ubuntu Development Release

    Re: Unable to disconnect external harddrive

    Can you post the output of[code]sudo fdisk -l
    mount -l[code]

    Don't waste your energy trying to change opinions ... Do your thing, and don't care if they like it.

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