14 Replies Latest reply: Nov 30, 2012 8:20 AM by Csound1
Alexander Reeser Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)

wow I never thought this would happen to me but it did....


Upon trying to eject my external drive, I get the "cannot eject drive because it is busy" error. Looking around, it seems to be a spotlight indexing problem according to this page


http://itsmetommy.com/2011/12/11/the-volume-cant-be-ejected-because-its-currentl y-in-use/


in which the blogger happily and liberally uses the rm -rf command.

"No problem" I thought. Easy fix!


To my horror, I accidentally typed

sudo rm -rf /Volumes/"external drive"/



It said "drive busy"

Took a minute for the realization of what I had just done to sink in. I still am in shock.

but the damage has already been done, to my drive and ego


Am I completely stuck? Have I just lost all of my 175+ ripped movie collection that i can't recreate because I don't have most of the discs anymore?


Just shoot me now and get it over with

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)