If modern personal computers are so smart, then why don’t they really know what I want to do before I tell the computer to do it? The Mac is a smart personal computer, but it’s also an obedient device, so it usually does just what we tell it to do. We just need to be precise about our instructions. Mac utilities are good at automating what was once a manual task. Here’s an example.
For those of us with Apple notebooks, we often have an external disk drive or two attached to the Mac. When we’re ready to hit the road as a warrior what do we do first? Close the Mac’s lid so it goes to sleep. Uh oh. What about those connected disk drives? They need to be ejected from the Finder. That means opening up the Mac’s lid, finding each disk, ejecting, closing the lid, and going mobile once again.
Or, simply add the clever utility Jettison to your Mac notebook and when you put the MacBook to sleep, the attached external disk drives are, well, jettisoned– ejected, the way Apple’s famed engineers want it to be. Once ejected, unplug everything, grab your MacBook and head out to warrior on the road.
Jettison lives in the Mac’s Menubar and you can use it to eject external disks manually, but it works automatically, too. Close your MacBook’s lid. Wait for the Mac to sleep. Unplug the disk drive connectors. Go.
How does that compare to the manual method?
Switch to the Finder. Click to eject each external or network attached storage. Wait for the disk drives to disappear from the Finder. Close your MacBook. Unplug the disks. Go.
Considering that what Jettison does is so simple and elegant and useful, you’ll be surprised at the number of Preferences.
Why bother ejecting external disks anyway? Why not just plug and walk away? There’s always a risk that some data will get lost during the process, and there have been reports of disks getting fried, too. The recommended way to eject a disk drive is, well, eject it. That’s a bit time consuming and Jettison does it automatically.
Sweet. Simple. Affordable.
The only caveat is to make sure that you don’t have an open file or app on one of the external disks. That makes ejecting a bit more problematic.