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Ejecting Disks

Using a hard drive or disk icon on the desktop or in the Finder is similar to using any folder in OS X—except that these icons cannot be deleted or thrown away in the Trash. (Their icons can, however, be removed from the desktop.)

For hard drives, the reason is pretty simple: OS X may be flexible, but it’s not suicidal. Therefore, it has made the steps for deleting a hard drive painfully difficult. This is a safety precaution that prevents you from trashing all your data in one fell swoop simply because you’re not paying attention.


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