How to Safely Remove External Drive in Ubuntu Linux

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The content provides steps on how to safely eject external storage devices from Ubuntu Linux. A person risks damaging or losing files when unplugging the device while an application is still using it. Using the Files system, one must locate the device in the sidebar and click the eject icon. However, if a file on…

This post describes steps one can take to eject or remove external storage devices in Ubuntu Linux safely.

When you attach external storage devices to Ubuntu Linux, it is recommended that you safely remove them before unplugging them from your computer.

Like other operating systems, Ubuntu Linux allows you to attach external devices, including USB flash drives and optical discs like CDs or DVDs. System processes and applications may use the data when external drives are connected.

If you 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 the external drive in Ubuntu Linux

As described above, if you 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 remove or eject the device safely.

Alternatively, you can right-click the device’s name 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 remove the device safely. 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 remove or eject the device safely.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to remove or eject external drives in Ubuntu Linux safely. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have something to add.

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