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Chapter 2. Managing Files and Folders > Mounting and Ejecting Disks

Mounting and Ejecting Disks

When you insert a disk (such as a removable, CD, or DVD), it's icon appears, or mounts, in the Computer window, in the Sidebar, and on the desktop (unless you've changed Finder Preferences) for you to open and use. When you no longer need a disk, you eject, or dismount, it from the drive. Mac OS X provides several different ways to eject a disk: drag the disk icon to the Trash (only happens for disks; a little strange, but its old time Mac functionality), select the Eject command, use the Sidebar (), or hold down the Eject key. You can also use these methods to remove, or unmount, a network or FireWire drive, an iPod, or a disk image from your desktop.

Mount and Eject Disks

Insert the disk into the appropriate drive to mount the disk.

TROUBLE? If the computer immediately ejects a CD or DVD, you may need to clean it. Wipe the shiny surface with a soft cloth.

Use any of the following methods to eject a disk:

  • Drag to Trash. When you drag a disk icon onto the Trash icon in the Dock, it changes to an Eject icon.

  • Eject command. Select the disk icon, click the File menu, and then click Eject. You can also use Control-click the disk icon, and then click Eject.

  • Sidebar Eject button. Click the Eject button in the Sidebar.

  • Eject key. Press and hold down the Media Eject key in the upper-right corner of your keyboard (if available) for a moment, or press F12.

TROUBLE? If a CD or DVD doesn't eject, insert a straightened paper clip into the small hole on the front of the drive, or click the Apple menu, click Restart, and hold down the mouse button until it ejects before the restart.



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