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Hamper Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Why is it that whenever I plug in my external HDD, which I have partitioned as one is storage and the other contains OS X, when I attempt to eject it I cannot do so without Safari having to be quit. I find this occurs with Chrome too and probably does with all web browsers. It says that they're using the partiton, what?!


MacBook (white), Mac OS X (10.6.8), 4GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
  • 1. Re: Ejecting ext HDD (OS Journaled) not possible with Safari open
    Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (226,765 points)

    Perhaps you have something configured in your browsers that attaches to an external drive such as an incompleted download or a download folder on the external drive.

  • 2. Re: Ejecting ext HDD (OS Journaled) not possible with Safari open
    Hamper Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Not that I'm aware of, everything's local. It occurs if the HDD is plugged in and I start Safari or if Safari is already active.

     

    Could it be a Widget?

  • 3. Re: Ejecting ext HDD (OS Journaled) not possible with Safari open
    Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (226,765 points)

    Could be a widget, an extension, or other browser add-on you may have installed. Have you restarted the computer since this started? If not, then give that a try.

     

    Oh, and monitor the Console information using the Console application in your Utilities folder to see what happens either when the drive is connected or ejected. Possible a log entry will reveal what's happening.

  • 4. Re: Ejecting ext HDD (OS Journaled) not possible with Safari open
    Hamper Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Oh my God, COnsole, how does that work? There must be some kind of how-to video on that..

     

    No, this has been a persisten problem.

  • 5. Re: Ejecting ext HDD (OS Journaled) not possible with Safari open
    Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (226,765 points)

    Open the Console application in the Utilities folder. Select the console log from the sidebar. Connect and eject the drive. See what messages are printed in the log when you do that. Maybe there will be an error message that would provide a clue.

  • 6. Re: Ejecting ext HDD (OS Journaled) not possible with Safari open
    Hamper Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    You wouldn't believe but every time I've had the console open, ready and waiting to capture the data before I plug in the extHDD and then to record after it didn't ever have a problem. But, this time (boyed with too much confidence) I had plugged it in without the console open and it was like old times again, so, here's a clip of the console data:

     

    http://cl.ly/2Y0X1b2P461H2E3i1D2b

     

     

    Can you see what's wrong?

  • 7. Re: Ejecting ext HDD (OS Journaled) not possible with Safari open
    X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,190 points)

    Based solely on the small sample of console log you show, try the following:

     

    You appear to have a preference pane called X-Tunes.  Open the X-Tunes preference pane.

     

    In that prefpane there's a control with the title "X-Tunes Remote Control is:".  Click the Off radio button to its right. 

     

    Close the preference pane.  Can you eject the disk now?

     

    The basis for this is I see mention of an app called X-Tunes Daemon in that sample console log.  That app is launched when you specify that "X-Tunes Remote Control is:" as On.  I don't know if this is the source of your problem.  Like I said I suggesting this based only on the small sample of console log you supplied.

  • 8. Re: Ejecting ext HDD (OS Journaled) not possible with Safari open
    Hamper Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    X-Tunes, that's a old one. I thought I got rid of that ages ago. I found this discussion online about uninstalling it, tried that but still getting the problem:

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2776013?start=0&tstart=0

     

     

    Not sure what part of the console log you want, is it under Database Searches: All Messages? This seems to be the overview for all other departments as it were. To be honest I'm not even sure if X-Tunes is uninstalled, although all the signs are that is has been, but something like that doesn't even show up in activity monitor, I'm sure then there is some sort of Terminal command that can reveal these hidden processes?

     

    So, end result, I'm still getting the issue of not being able to eject my extHDD.

  • 9. Re: Ejecting ext HDD (OS Journaled) not possible with Safari open
    X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,190 points)
    To be honest I'm not even sure if X-Tunes is uninstalled, although all the signs are that is has been, but something like that doesn't even show up in activity monitor, I'm sure then there is some sort of Terminal command that can reveal these hidden processes?

    Turn it off from it's preference pane like I mentioned previously (close the preference panes).  Trash the X-Tunes.prefPane from your PreferencePanes directory.  Apparently the thing does not create any login or startup items.  That's all it takes to uninstall it.

     

    As for looking at all the currently active processes, in terminal type the following command:

     

    ps ax

     

    You might want to post that here unless you see something that jumps out at you.

  • 10. Re: Ejecting ext HDD (OS Journaled) not possible with Safari open
    Hamper Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I did actually use that method before, so it should be uninstalled, I can't find it in the results from that code you gave me anyway:

     

      PID   TT  STAT      TIME COMMAND

        1   ??  Ss     9:57.15 /sbin/launchd

       10   ??  Ss     0:05.62 /usr/libexec/kextd

       11   ??  Ss     0:29.66 /usr/sbin/notifyd

       12   ??  Ss     0:18.56 /usr/sbin/diskarbitrationd

       13   ??  Ss     0:39.95 /usr/libexec/configd

       14   ??  Ss     0:29.98 /usr/sbin/syslogd

       15   ??  Ss     1:47.99 /usr/sbin/DirectoryService

       16   ??  Ss     0:28.21 /usr/sbin/distnoted

       17   ??  Ss     0:02.38 /usr/sbin/blued

       19   ??  Ss     0:01.20 /usr/sbin/cron

       22   ??  Ss     0:01.86 /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/MobileDevice.frame

       23   ??  Ss     0:01.42 /sbin/SystemStarter

       26   ??  Ss     0:06.69 /usr/sbin/securityd -i

       30   ??  Ss     0:48.32 /usr/sbin/mDNSResponder -launchd

       31   ??  Ss     4:29.13 /System/Library/CoreServices/loginwindow.app/Content

       32   ??  Ss     0:03.71 /usr/sbin/KernelEventAgent

       34   ??  Ss     0:01.85 /usr/libexec/hidd

       35   ??  Ss     1:31.79 /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Ve

       37   ??  Ss     0:27.48 /sbin/dynamic_pager -F /private/var/vm/swapfile

       43   ??  Ss     0:01.59 autofsd

       46   ??  Ss     0:02.12 /Library/PreferencePanes/SmartSleep.prefPane/Content

       50   ??  Ss    12:44.19 /System/Library/CoreServices/coreservicesd

       73   ??  Ss   174:13.00 /System/Library/Frameworks/ApplicationServices.frame

       80   ??  S     28:44.81 /Library/StartupItems/SynkFreecom/SynkLite

       82   ??  Ss     0:02.13 ./privoxy --pidfile /var/run/Privoxy.pid config

       83   ??  Ss     0:00.50 /System/Library/Frameworks/OpenGL.framework/Versions

       92   ??  Ss     0:26.52 /usr/sbin/coreaudiod

      100   ??  Ss     1:15.14 /sbin/launchd

      104   ??  S      4:50.48 /System/Library/CoreServices/Dock.app/Contents/MacOS

      105   ??  S      1:40.10 /System/Library/CoreServices/SystemUIServer.app/Cont

      110   ??  S      0:00.04 /usr/sbin/pboard

      112   ??  S      0:40.08 /System/Library/Frameworks/ApplicationServices.frame

      115   ??  S      0:05.73 /usr/libexec/UserEventAgent -l Aqua

      122   ??  S      0:03.84 /System/Library/CoreServices/AirPort Base Station Ag

      123   ??  S      0:06.33 /Library/ScriptingAdditions/SIMBL.osax/Contents/Reso

      127   ??  S      6:29.54 python2.5 zwserver.py -q -l

      129   ??  S      4:36.16 /System/Library/CoreServices/Folder Actions Dispatch

      139   ??  S      0:54.05 /Library/PreferencePanes/Growl.prefPane/Contents/Res

      141   ??  S     13:10.75 /Applications/Classic Menu 2.8.1/Classic Menu.app/Co

      145   ??  S      9:07.20 /Applications/Displaperture.app/Contents/MacOS/Displ

      146   ??  S      0:15.36 /Applications/I Love Stars.app/Contents/MacOS/I Love

      147   ??  S      0:10.11 /Applications/CapSee.app/Contents/MacOS/CapsSee -psn

      148   ??  S      1:37.78 /Applications/Jumpcut.app/Contents/MacOS/Jumpcut -ps

      149   ??  S      0:06.45 /Applications/HardwareGrowler.app/Contents/MacOS/Har

      150   ??  S      0:15.57 /Applications/FastScripts.app/Contents/MacOS/FastScr

      152   ??  S     14:14.44 /Applications/Cloud.app/Contents/MacOS/Cloud -psn_0_

      153   ??  S      0:17.40 /Applications/UnPlugged.app/Contents/MacOS/UnPlugged

      154   ??  S      0:15.69 /Users/TIM/Library/PreferencePanes/AppTrap.prefPane

      390   ??  S      0:26.23 /System/Library/Services/AppleSpell.service/Contents

      858   ??  S      4:10.84 /Applications/?M^S??M^SM^T?M^S??M^S??M^SM^T?M^SM^S?M

    16742   ??  S      0:01.75 /Applications/DiskWarrior.app/Contents/MacOS/DiskWar

    19146   ??  S      1:42.34 /System/Library/CoreServices/Dock.app/Contents/Resou

    19147   ??  S      0:33.02 /System/Library/CoreServices/Dock.app/Contents/Resou

    19148   ??  S      0:11.66 /System/Library/CoreServices/Dock.app/Contents/Resou

    19149   ??  S      0:18.53 /System/Library/CoreServices/Dock.app/Contents/Resou

    19150   ??  S      0:13.99 /System/Library/CoreServices/Dock.app/Contents/Resou

    19151   ??  S      1:13.91 /System/Library/CoreServices/Dock.app/Contents/Resou

    19198   ??  S      0:00.04 /System/Library/Frameworks/WebKit.framework/WebKitPl

    42745   ??  S      0:01.13 /System/Library/Frameworks/InputMethodKit.framework/

    64969   ??  Ss     4:18.06 /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Fr

    75294   ??  S     34:34.23 /System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app/Contents/Mac

    88432   ??  S     46:31.46 /Applications/[ ?M^WM^I°].app/Contents/MacOS/Apertu

    88437   ??  S      0:01.09 /System/Library/Image Capture/Support/Image Capture

    89408   ??  S      6:23.15 /Applications/S?M^\?f?M^\?ri.app/Contents/MacOS/Safa

    89410   ??  S     20:22.46 /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/WebKit2.framework/

    91439   ??  S      0:38.02 /System/Library/Frameworks/QTKit.framework/Resources

    92786   ??  S      0:00.24 /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/WebKit2.framework/

    93175   ??  SNs    0:07.54 /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Fr

    93427   ??  S      4:34.04 /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/WebKit2.framework/

    93578   ??  S      0:00.29 /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app/Contents/MacOS/

    93581   ??  S      0:00.18 /System/Library/Frameworks/QuickLook.framework/Resou

    93580 s000  Ss     0:00.76 login -pf TIM

    93584 s000  S      0:00.04 -bash

    93589 s000  R+     0:00.00 ps ax

     

     

    So, what was that then Print Screen Active Proce"x"es or something?

     

    Thanks.

  • 11. Re: Ejecting ext HDD (OS Journaled) not possible with Safari open
    X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,190 points)

    Wow, a lot of potential suspects in that list so I am not sure where to begin:

     

    privoxy

    python

    Growl

    Classic Menu

    Displaperture (?)

    I Love Stars

    CapSee

    Jumpcut

    HardwareGrowler

    FastScripts

    Cloud

    UnPlugged

    AppTrap

    DiskWar[rior?]

     

    plus a few I can't determine due to you using or not using the wrong encoding settings in terminal so I see ?M^S??M^SM^T?M^S??M^S??M^SM^T?M^SM^S?M and [ ?M^WM^I°].app and S?M^\?f?M^\?ri.app in the list.

     

    Also you should use a wider terminal window since many lines appear truncated.

     

    Does your disk unmount problem happen only when you are using a browser or at any time?

  • 12. Re: Ejecting ext HDD (OS Journaled) not possible with Safari open
    Hamper Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    privoxy

    python

     

    The rest I know about but not sure what the "python" thing is, it could be "FastScripts"? Yea, I have a lot of background processes, anout 400MB worth, but that's how it is. I'm like Ace Face out of Quadraphenia with all my wing mirrors on my bike, it's how I roll.

     

    Anyway, here we go again, you know before I just did a strait fowrad c&p. I didn't realise that he window had to be a certain size, I'm only on a 13.1" White MacBook screen here, it's a bit awkward, why doesn't the text carry down to the next line?

     

     

      PID   TT  STAT      TIME COMMAND

        1   ??  Ss    10:05.37 /sbin/launchd

       10   ??  Ss     0:05.65 /usr/libexec/kextd

       11   ??  Ss     0:29.98 /usr/sbin/notifyd

       12   ??  Ss     0:18.60 /usr/sbin/diskarbitrationd

       13   ??  Ss     0:40.59 /usr/libexec/configd

       14   ??  Ss     0:30.04 /usr/sbin/syslogd

       15   ??  Ss     1:49.96 /usr/sbin/DirectoryService

       16   ??  Ss     0:28.56 /usr/sbin/distnoted

       17   ??  Ss     0:02.40 /usr/sbin/blued

       19   ??  Ss     0:01.22 /usr/sbin/cron

       22   ??  Ss     0:01.88 /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/MobileDevice.framework/Versions/A/Resources/u sbmuxd -launchd

       23   ??  Ss     0:01.44 /sbin/SystemStarter

       26   ??  Ss     0:06.73 /usr/sbin/securityd -i

       30   ??  Ss     0:49.12 /usr/sbin/mDNSResponder -launchd

       31   ??  Ss     4:29.78 /System/Library/CoreServices/loginwindow.app/Contents/MacOS/loginwindow console

       32   ??  Ss     0:03.76 /usr/sbin/KernelEventAgent

       34   ??  Ss     0:01.87 /usr/libexec/hidd

       35   ??  Ss     1:32.43 /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/CarbonC ore.framework/Versions/A/Support/fseventsd

       37   ??  Ss     0:27.48 /sbin/dynamic_pager -F /private/var/vm/swapfile

       43   ??  Ss     0:01.62 autofsd

       46   ??  Ss     0:02.15 /Library/PreferencePanes/SmartSleep.prefPane/Contents/Resources/de.jinx.SmartSl eepDaemon

       50   ??  Ss    12:52.72 /System/Library/CoreServices/coreservicesd

       73   ??  Ss   176:10.40 /System/Library/Frameworks/ApplicationServices.framework/Frameworks/CoreGraphic s.framework/Resources/WindowServer -daemon

       80   ??  S     29:06.78 /Library/StartupItems/SynkFreecom/SynkLite

       82   ??  Ss     0:02.13 ./privoxy --pidfile /var/run/Privoxy.pid config

       83   ??  Ss     0:00.50 /System/Library/Frameworks/OpenGL.framework/Versions/A/Libraries/cvmsServ

       92   ??  Ss     0:26.57 /usr/sbin/coreaudiod

      100   ??  Ss     1:15.37 /sbin/launchd

      104   ??  S      4:52.76 /System/Library/CoreServices/Dock.app/Contents/MacOS/Dock

      105   ??  S      1:41.80 /System/Library/CoreServices/SystemUIServer.app/Contents/MacOS/SystemUIServer

      110   ??  S      0:00.04 /usr/sbin/pboard

      112   ??  S      0:43.36 /System/Library/Frameworks/ApplicationServices.framework/Frameworks/ATS.framewo rk/Support/fontd

      115   ??  S      0:05.79 /usr/libexec/UserEventAgent -l Aqua

      122   ??  S      0:03.89 /System/Library/CoreServices/AirPort Base Station Agent.app/Contents/MacOS/AirPort Base Station Agent -launchd -allowquit

      123   ??  S      0:06.39 /Library/ScriptingAdditions/SIMBL.osax/Contents/Resources/SIMBL Agent.app/Contents/MacOS/SIMBL Agent

      127   ??  S      6:34.62 python2.5 zwserver.py -q -l

      129   ??  S      4:36.41 /System/Library/CoreServices/Folder Actions Dispatcher.app/Contents/MacOS/Folder Actions Dispatcher

      139   ??  S      0:54.51 /Library/PreferencePanes/Growl.prefPane/Contents/Resources/GrowlHelperApp.app/C ontents/MacOS/GrowlHelperApp -psn_0_57358

      141   ??  S     13:21.05 /Applications/Classic Menu 2.8.1/Classic Menu.app/Contents/MacOS/Classic Menu -psn_0_61455

      145   ??  S      9:14.30 /Applications/Displaperture.app/Contents/MacOS/Displaperture -psn_0_73746

      146   ??  S      0:15.54 /Applications/I Love Stars.app/Contents/MacOS/I Love Stars -psn_0_77843

      147   ??  S      0:10.33 /Applications/CapSee.app/Contents/MacOS/CapsSee -psn_0_81940

      148   ??  S      1:39.08 /Applications/Jumpcut.app/Contents/MacOS/Jumpcut -psn_0_86037

      149   ??  S      0:06.51 /Applications/HardwareGrowler.app/Contents/MacOS/HardwareGrowler -psn_0_90134

      150   ??  S      0:15.76 /Applications/FastScripts.app/Contents/MacOS/FastScripts -psn_0_94231

      152   ??  S     14:28.94 /Applications/Cloud.app/Contents/MacOS/Cloud -psn_0_102425

      153   ??  S      0:17.60 /Applications/UnPlugged.app/Contents/MacOS/UnPlugged -psn_0_106522

      154   ??  S      0:15.77 /Users/TIM/Library/PreferencePanes/AppTrap.prefPane/Contents/Resources/AppTrap. app/Contents/MacOS/AppTrap -psn_0_110619

      390   ??  S      0:29.17 /System/Library/Services/AppleSpell.service/Contents/MacOS/AppleSpell -psn_0_163880

      858   ??  S      4:53.77 /Applications/?M^S??M^SM^T?M^S??M^S??M^SM^T?M^SM^S?M^SM^X?M^S?.app/Contents/Mac OS/TextEdit -psn_0_217141

    16742   ??  S      0:01.78 /Applications/DiskWarrior.app/Contents/MacOS/DiskWarriorDaemon 16735

    19146   ??  S      1:43.79 /System/Library/CoreServices/Dock.app/Contents/Resources/DashboardClient.app/Co ntents/MacOS/DashboardClient

    19147   ??  S      0:33.22 /System/Library/CoreServices/Dock.app/Contents/Resources/DashboardClient.app/Co ntents/MacOS/DashboardClient

    19148   ??  S      0:11.78 /System/Library/CoreServices/Dock.app/Contents/Resources/DashboardClient.app/Co ntents/MacOS/DashboardClient

    19149   ??  S      0:18.72 /System/Library/CoreServices/Dock.app/Contents/Resources/DashboardClient.app/Co ntents/MacOS/DashboardClient

    19150   ??  S      0:14.13 /System/Library/CoreServices/Dock.app/Contents/Resources/DashboardClient.app/Co ntents/MacOS/DashboardClient

    19151   ??  S      1:14.03 /System/Library/CoreServices/Dock.app/Contents/Resources/DashboardClient.app/Co ntents/MacOS/DashboardClient

    19198   ??  S      0:00.04 /System/Library/Frameworks/WebKit.framework/WebKitPluginAgent

    42745   ??  S      0:01.17 /System/Library/Frameworks/InputMethodKit.framework/Resources/imklaunchagent

    64969   ??  Ss     4:21.54 /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Frameworks/Metadata.framework /Support/mds

    75294   ??  S     34:38.16 /System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app/Contents/MacOS/Finder

    88432   ??  S     46:50.60 /Applications/[ ?M^WM^I°].app/Contents/MacOS/Aperture -psn_0_15265422

    88437   ??  S      0:01.14 /System/Library/Image Capture/Support/Image Capture Extension.app/Contents/MacOS/Image Capture Extension -psn_0_15269519

    89408   ??  S      8:40.55 /Applications/S?M^\?f?M^\?ri.app/Contents/MacOS/Safari -psn_0_15417011

    89410   ??  S     26:00.65 /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/WebKit2.framework/WebProcess.app/Contents/Mac OS/WebProcess /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/WebKit2.framework/WebKit2 -type webprocess -servicename com.apple.WebKit.WebProcess-89408-0x101219410 -localization en_US

    91439   ??  S      0:39.40 /System/Library/Frameworks/QTKit.framework/Resources/QTKitServer

    92786   ??  S      0:00.30 /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/WebKit2.framework/PluginProcess.app/Contents/ MacOS/PluginProcess /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/WebKit2.framework/WebKit2 -type pluginprocess -servicename com.apple.WebKit.WebProcess-89408-0x119624528 -localization en_US

    93175   ??  SNs    0:15.17 /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Frameworks/Metadata.framework /Versions/A/Support/mdworker MDSImporterWorker com.apple.Spotlight.ImporterWorker.501

    93427   ??  S      6:05.64 /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/WebKit2.framework/PluginProcess.app/Contents/ MacOS/PluginProcess /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/WebKit2.framework/WebKit2 -type pluginprocess -servicename com.apple.WebKit.WebProcess-89408-0x11ff575c8 -localization en_US

    93925   ??  SNs    0:00.25 /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Frameworks/Metadata.framework /Versions/A/Support/mdworker MDSImporterWorker com.apple.Spotlight.ImporterWorker.89

    94487   ??  R      0:02.07 /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app/Contents/MacOS/Terminal -psn_0_15982397

    94499   ??  Z      0:00.00 (SFLSharedPrefsTo)

    94489 s000  Ss     0:00.02 login -pf TIM

    94490 s000  S      0:00.02 -bash

    94501 s000  R+     0:00.00 ps ax

     

     

     

     

    For some thing like "?M^S??M^SM^T?M^S??M^S??M^SM^T?M^SM^S?M^SM^X?M^S?.app" it could be Textedit, which I renamed to "ⓣⓔⓧⓣⓔⓓⓘⓣ" (because I think it looks better). I ticked all boxes under the "Encodings" pane but found another one under "Settings: Advanced" pane that I left at "Unicode (UTF-8)" - not sure which one to choose, I tried the "7" and "16" variety but that made things worse (some of the chars were in Chinese!).

     

     

    What do you think now?

  • 13. Re: Ejecting ext HDD (OS Journaled) not possible with Safari open
    X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,190 points)

    Without going into details, Python is a computer language, sort of in the class like Java.  It's running something called zwserver.py on your machine.  And a google search of zwserver.py seems to imply it's to attach to a "Minecraft" server.  Does that ring any bells?

     

    You didn't answer my last question in my previous post.  Does this unmount problem only happen while you are running a browser or at any time?

  • 14. Re: Ejecting ext HDD (OS Journaled) not possible with Safari open
    Hamper Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Oh yea, Python's like Javascript or something, sure, but I don't know what Micraft is, isn't that like a really sqaure looking game? Not sure what that's for exactly. It's not like a keylogger or anything I hope - calling back to a server?

     

    Oh, sorry, no the only time I get a problem is when Safari's open, otherwise ejection happens as expected. It means turning Safari off and I hate that, I don't know why it does it. Like I mention, it's partitioned, one part has a bootable OS (OS X) and the other is just a normal stroage partition.

     

     

    Thanks.

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