Working with Finder

Learn how to use the OS X Lion Finder feature to improve your knowledge of the Apple operating system.

Ejecting drives

When you connect a flash drive or external hard drive to your Mac, a drive icon will appear on your desktop. You can double-click this icon to view the contents, just like a folder. Before you disconnect the drive, it's important to eject it (or unmount it) properly to avoid damaging the data.

To eject a drive:

  1. Right-click the drive icon and select Eject. The drive icon will disappear from the desktop. Alternatively, you can click and drag it to the Trash.
    Ejecting a USB flash driveEjecting a USB flash drive
  2. You can now safely disconnect the drive from the computer.