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By Matt Birchler
I've been writing here since 2010! Back when personal blogs were all the rage. Kids, ask your parents.

Hey there, I'm Matt!

I'm a UI/UX designer at NMI and I make videos over on A Better Computer, which I think you'll love.

Hey there, I'm Matt!

I'm a UI/UX designer at NMI and I make videos over on A Better Computer, which I think you'll love. You can also check out my side projects, Quick Reviews and Quick BIN Lookup.

Ejecting Disks on macOS is Stupid

Ejecting Disks on macOS is Stupid

The above photo is a situation I'm in all the time, and it drives me crazy. Not the wires, those are all pulled out to make it clear what's going on.

Basically, I use my MacBook Pro in clamshell mode most of the time, and it's hooked up to my monitor, my speakers, a few other accessories, and most importantly, an SSD. I love this setup, but let's say I just walked in the room, the computer is asleep, and I want to take my laptop somewhere else to work.

What makes sense to do is I would just unplug the Thunderbolt cable and carry to the laptop out of the room. However, if I do that, I'll see this when I open it up:

I get this because of course I wasn't supposed to just unplug a sleeping Mac, I should have:

  1. Opened the lid
  2. Logged in
  3. Navigate to Finder
  4. Right click the drive
  5. Eject it
  6. Unplug

Now I think ejecting external drives is stupid to begin with, and I appreciate iOS and iPadOS don't even have a way for you to eject them, you can just unplug them when you're done using them. I'm sure there's some good technical reason for this, but the fact that I can't just unplug an SSD from a sleeping Mac, that's insane.

I'm not advocating for unplugging drives while you're in the middle of a transfer, and I'm not even arguing that ejecting should be removed entirely (although that would be grand), just that macOS should really make it "safe" to unplug a drive when the computer is sleeping.

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