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4 Ways to Unmount a Drive

Unmounting a computer drive can become crucial at a stage of using a computer system. This TokoHow article will help you to easily unmount the drive from your computer without messing it up. The different versions of windows like XP and Vista as well as Linux support the unmounting of drives (optical, virtual, and network shares). Do not worry about your files because the unmounting of a computer drive does not lead to loss of files.
This article will provide you with an insightful step by step data on how you could unmount a drive in windows and Mac OS X.

METHOD 1
Unmounting a Drive Mounted to a Folder in Windows Through the Command Line.

Step 1
Locate the folder in which the drive is mounted and copy the path.
Click on the windows start icon at the bottom of your screen.

Step 2
Locate the search box in the screen that appears afterwards. It is near the windows start icon which you have clicked previously.

Step 3
Begin to type "cmd" into the search box.
Try to ensure that the letters typed into the search box are in lower case letters. This is to ensure that your search result will not be impaired.

Step 4
Look for the search result under programs to locate the command program.

Step 5
Click on the cmd under programs.

Step 6
Unmount the disk by typing “mountvol Path /d” into the command line. “Path” is the folder that the drive is mounted to.

METHOD TWO
Unmounting a Drive in Mac OS X.
                    
Step 1
Locate the Drive that You Wish to Eject.

Step 2
Drag the Icon to the Trash.
                     
                            OR
Step 1
Right Click on the Drive that You Wish to Eject.

Step 2
Click on "Eject" From the Menu Box that will Appear Afterwards.
                                

METHOD THREE
Using Disk Management in Windows to Unmount Drives:

Step 1
Click on the Start Icon at the Bottom of the Screen.

Step 2
Open the Disk Management Application by typing the words "run" into the search box.

Step 3
Look for run among the results under programs and click on it.

Step 4
Type in "compmgmt.msc" in the box that will appear after clicking on the run program.

Step 5
Click OK to run computer management.

Step 6
Look at the left-hand pane of the computer management window to find disk management and click on it.

Step 7
Choose the drive or the partition that you want to unmount by right clicking on it.

Step 8
Select "change drive letters and paths" from the contextual menu.

Step 9
Select the mounted drive that you wish to eject and click on remove

Step 10
The computer system will automatically send you a notification box inquiring whether it should delete the drive path. You should answer yes.

Step 11
Exit the disk management program.

METHOD FOUR
Unmounting a Drive in Linux.

Step 1
Ensure that all applications using the drive has been properly closed before unmounting the drive. If there is an application using the drive, you will continue to get the message that the drive is busy. To discover which application is keeping the drive busy, you
have to open a shell or a terminal. Then you have to type into the terminal window this command “lsof +D /mnt/windows” .
Doing this will enable you to know the right course if action to take in closing the program so that you can properly and easily unmount the disk.

Step 2
Open a shell by pressing Ctrl + Alt + F1.

Step 3
Unmount the drive by typing “umount /dev/partitionID” in the Shell command line, where partitionID is the ID of the partition you wish to unmount.

Note that the command for unmounting a drive in Linux is UMOUNT, not UNMOUNT.

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