gnome3 and removable devices...

Adam Williamson awilliam at
Wed May 18 06:26:20 UTC 2011

On Tue, 2011-05-17 at 23:19 -0700, Rob Healey wrote:
> Greetings:
> I remember that in the old Gnome 2.x, you could pull in a usb hard
> drive and the icon would show on the desktop...
> To safely remove the device, you could right click the icon, and
> choose "Safety remove..."
> In the new and awesome gnome3, there is a way to have the desktop
> handle icons and devices, but I do not like it...
> I know that my device will show in the upper panel bar, but how do I
> "Safely remove..." my device?  I know that I can open a terminal, su
> -l to root, and the umount /dev/sda1...  pain in the butt to have to
> do it this way!
> Can someone tell me how to handle this situation the correct gnome3
> way?

There's an 'eject' button next to it in the file manager, which more or
less does this (it actually does something a bit stronger - it removes
the device entirely, after you click it /dev/sda won't exist any more).
Some apps that commonly handle removable media also let you 'eject' -
Rhythmbox and Shotwell, for example.
Adam Williamson
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