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Does quitting the Finder re-mount usb connected devices?

156 Views 1 Reply Latest reply: Dec 12, 2012 4:14 PM by Dill RSS
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Dec 12, 2012 8:42 AM

   The question is a fairly simple one I think, only I can't answer it myself because I can't quit the Finder in Mountain Lion like previous OS's... Please read further for the explanation of my situation if you're interested to know why I need this question answered.  Thanks!


   Ok, so in trying to figure out why my external USB flash hard drive unmounts itself after a short duration, I've learned that it is likely to be an issue with Mountain Lion and the sleep features of most usb hard drives.  After exhaustive research, it seems inevitable that when I plan to write to my external drive, I must either restart my computer, log out of my account/Log back in,  unplug the device and plug it back in, or possibly open disk utilities to choose mount drive from there.  I'm growing tired of having to do one of these steps to get write access to my external drive again.  

   My first solution was to write an applescript or automator task that every 5 minutes or so, accesses the external USB drive to prevent it from being idle and going to sleep...  though I guess this could effect the life span of my external HDD.  So my next idea to fix this was to write an applescript or automator task to re-address/re-mount connected usb devices, however, I've found no information on this possiblity.   I figured it'd be best to just 'zap' the usb ports with a script to force them to search for connected devices.

   Anyway I was at a loss, really wanting to find a suitable solution for this hassle...  and suddenly I've remembered that there used to be a way to quit the Finder... and I now wonder if quitting the Finder is still possible in Mountain Lion???  Will quitting the Finder actually force Mountain Lion to review connected USB devices???    


If this quitting the Finder will solve my unmounted USB Flash HDD issues, then I just need to know how to quit the Finder in Mountain Lion.  If quitting the Finder does not actually re-mount connected USB devices, then I'd love support on my previous ideas, or new suggestions to work around this tedious problem.


Sorry for the novel, Thanks for your help,



Mac mini, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)


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