This post describes steps one can take to safely eject or remove external storage devices in Ubuntu Linux.
When you attach external storage devices to Ubuntu Linux, it is recommended that you safely remove them before unplugging from your computer.
Similar to other operating systems, Ubuntu Linux allows you to attach external devices, include USB flash drives, optical disc like a CD or DVD. When external drives are connected, system processes and applications may be using the data.
If you just unplug a device, you run the risk of unplugging while an application is still using it. This could result in some of your files being lost or damaged.
Below is how to safely eject external drives from Ubuntu Linux.
How to safely eject external drive in Ubuntu Linux
As described above, if you just unplug a device, you run the risk of unplugging while an application is still using it. This could result in some of your files being lost or damaged.
From the Activities overview, search for and open Files.
Ubuntu Linux File Manager has its icon on the Dock by default. Open File Manager.
Locate the device in the sidebar. It should have a small eject icon next to the name. Click the eject icon to safely remove or eject the device.
Alternately, you can right-click the name of the device in the sidebar and select Eject.
If any of the files on the device are open and in use by an application, you will not be able to safely remove the device. You will be prompted with a window telling you Volume is busy.
To safely remove the device, click Cancel.
Close all the files on the device. Click the eject icon to safely remove or eject the device.
That should do it!
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