Getting Disks out of Your Mac
The preceding sections tell you almost everything there is to know about disks except one important thing: How to eject a disk. Piece of cake, actually. Here are several ways, all simple to remember:
Click the disk’s icon to select it and choose File⇒Eject (or use the keyboard shortcut +E).
Drag the disk’s icon to the Trash. When you drag a disk’s icon, the Trash icon in the Dock changes into an Eject icon, like the one shown in the left margin.
The preceding method of ejecting a disk is something that used to drive me (and many others) crazy before OS X. In the olden days, the Trash icon didn’t change into an Eject icon. This confused many new users, who then asked me the same question (over and over and over): “But doesn’t dragging something to the Trash erase it from your disk?”
As I mention earlier in the chapter, this technique does something completely different if you’ve dragged any files onto the disc. In that case, the Trash icon turns into the ...