How to eject a USB drive or hard drive from Chromebooks

Unplugging a hard drive from any computer during a transfer or backup can irrevocably corrupt the files, ensuring you lose them forever. So while you can physically eject a drive or USB stick when it’s inactive, your safest bet is to eject it first. 

Unlike Windows or MacOS, which show icons for USB drives on your desktop, ChromeOS makes it a little hard to find and eject devices if you don’t know where to look. But once you do know how, it’s easy and takes seconds! So here’s how to eject a USB drive or hard drive from Chromebooks.

How to eject a hard drive or USB drive from a Chromebook

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1. Open the Files app. You’ll often find this blue folder icon by default in the ChromeOS app shelf. If not, tap the Launcher icon in the bottom-left and type “Files” in the Search bar, then select it from the Apps search result.

2. Look in the left-hand sidebar underneath your local files, Google Drive, and Trash. You should see your drive with a USB icon on the left and an eject icon on the right. 

(Image credit: Android Central)

3. Click the eject button. The USB or hard drive name should disappear from the Files app and (if your drive has a power indicator) your drive should now show as inactive.

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