Easily Unmount Removable Media

With the help of Ejecter! Of course, there is always Nautilus. So what is the difference?

Well Ejecter is an indicator. Which means it is sitting on the Ubuntu system notification area for easy access and a quick way to unmount any removable media such as a USB drive, a flash disk, CDs and DVDs. This indicator is smart enough to appear only when there is removable media detected on your system. It will hide itself when none are found.

I quite  like this app indicator. I have been using it since Maverick Meerkat. But if I’m not mistaken Ejecter has been around since 2009. This should be included by default in Ubuntu along with udev-notifywhich displays notifications about newly plugged and/or removed hardware.

Not that it is a redundant app for what Nautilus can and has been doing for a long time, but the latter lacks 2 things: indicate that a removable media is present via the notifications area and tell the user it is safe to remove the device. Some sort of unobtrusive visual cue is always nice for users.

The notification area icon can also use some work. Right now it looks like an arrow-head, reminiscent of the eject button of CD/DVD drives and players long past their heydays.

Ejecter is available from the official Ubuntu 11.04 repositories. After installation you have to run it by issuing the commands ALT + F2, then type in `ejecter`. If it is not yet in your Startup Applications list, add an entry so that on your next login Ejecter will start automatically. The executable binary for Ejecter is located at /usr/bin/ejecter.

Try it out! Install via Ubuntu Software Center.

* Ejecter works on Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot

** udev-notify works on Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot

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Notice: This article was published on May 18, 2011 and the content above may be out of date.