Ejectify ejects your Mac drives before they power down, remounts them after

WD Passport connected to Mac
WD Passport connected to Mac (Image credit: WD)

What you need to know

  • Macs complain when an external drive is powered off before being ejected.
  • Ejectify makes sure that doesn't happen and even remounts the drive afterward.

If you've ever woken your Mac from sleep and been faced with warnings about disconnecting drives before ejecting them, you'll know how irritating it is. Especially if you haven't actually disconnected anything and the drive just happens to be connected to a monitor that turned itself off. But you can stop all of that from happening by installing Ejectify.

The use case comes right out of developer Niels Mouthaan's own experience. His words:

So the problem is that when your Mac starts sleeping, your external display will typically automatically power itself off. Now when you have connected an external drive to the display (via its USB hub), it will be disconnected. When it wakes up, your Mac detects that the drive has been disconnected and shows this annoying message. This app prevents this by unmounting the volume(s) of the drive before your Mac (or screens) start sleeping and mounts them again when it wakes up. At least for me, it works perfectly 👍.

And it works for everyone else, too. Even better, this little slice of magic is available for download now for just $3. I'd argue you can't put a price on making that horrid error message never darken your door again, but I'll settle for $3.

You can configure when you want Ejectify to do its thing as well. Triggers include your screensaver starting, the screen going to sleep, and more. Waking your Mac or screens up will trigger the remounting process, too.

Ejectify works on macOS 10.12 and later.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.