2 Replies Latest reply: Feb 11, 2014 1:13 PM by Patricia W
Nexus6generation Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Greetings folks,

I have 2 TB Lacie external HDD that I use for Time machine backups. When I try to eject it, finder says it is still in use, although Time machine is switched off. Also, I added the volume to be excluded from Spotlight, but the message "spotlight will keep on searching backup files" apears when I add the volume to the privacy tab. Any suggestions?

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3)
  • sheila_m. Community Specialists Community Specialists (3,265 points)

    Hello Nexus6generation,


    Thank you for the details of the issue you are experiencing with your external hard drive.  I recommend these steps when you are unable to eject the disk:

    If you can’t eject an external disk

    • Choose Apple menu > Log Out, and then log in again. Try to eject the disk again.
    • If you still can’t eject the disk, choose Apple menu > Shut Down. Disconnect the disk from your computer, and then start up your computer again.


    OS X Mountain Lion: If you can’t eject a disk



    Thank you for using Apple Support Communities.



    Sheila M.

  • Patricia W Level 3 Level 3 (685 points)

    I'm having the same problem and I do not think that having to shutdown is a reasonable solution. I have 3 HDDs and want to cycle through them without having to do shutdown everytime I need to switch. As far as I can tell this behaviour is new in Mavericks because I definitely could do it before.