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How to unmount an iPod that won't unmount iPod
My G5 iPod often won't unmount after copying things to it from my PowerBook running 10.3.9, though I never have problems with my other Macintoshes running various other systems, or with my other iPods. I get a message saying that the iPod was being used by another application, even after all applications were closed, including restarting the Finder, and even after logging out and logging back in.

If you have the same problem, this is how to solve it, short of shutting down your computer. Put your computer to sleep, and then the iPod will unmount and you can safely disconnect it. This doesn't make sense to me, but it works.
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How to unmount an iPod that won't unmount
Authored by: sheepmaster on Sep 29, '06 08:53:43AM
You could also try lsof | grep /Volumes/<Your iPod> to see which process has an open file on the iPod.

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How to unmount an iPod that won't unmount
Authored by: roundguy on Sep 29, '06 12:02:20PM

It could also be spotlight indexing the ipod if you have disk mode enabled.

sudo mdutil -s /Volumes/*
will display the indexing status for each volume.

sudo mdutil -i off /Volumes/<your ipod>
will turn off indexing on your ipod volume.



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How to unmount an iPod that won't unmount
Authored by: jedik on Sep 29, '06 03:53:40PM

Well, not in this case I guess, as the hint author mentions Mac OS X 10.3.9. ;)

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How to unmount an iPod that won't unmount
Authored by: Bakari on Sep 29, '06 09:53:08PM

Wish this worked for when I'm trying to unmount my camera media cards. When I eject them in iPhoto or the Finder, they just remount. This happens both in my Macmini and my Powerbook. Anyone have suggestions for a fix?



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How to unmount an iPod that won't unmount
Authored by: squirri on Sep 30, '06 11:49:43AM

I have the same problem too. I have disk use enabled and usually find that if I wait a minute or so and then eject the ipod from the finder this will unmount it.

Putting the machine to sleep sounds suspiciously like just unplugging it to me....(OK I've done that too in the past, with no ill effects, but I use the above method these days). You can of course get the same effect by restarting.

It's not just iPods - I've noticed that OSX needs a bit of time for an app that has allegedly finished with, say a DVD, to actually release it so you can unmount it.



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How to unmount an iPod that won't unmount
Authored by: pgorman on Dec 10, '07 05:25:25AM

I have the same problem with an SD card reader. The trick is to use Disk Utility to unmount the card which appears as a drive then just pull the reader out of the USB socket. Otherwise iPhoto keeps trying to mount it. Works in Leopard too.



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