Quickly eject USB devices

USB devices are really common these days, especially pendrives because they are much easier to use than the bulky DVDs, CDs or even the now obsolete Floppy Disks. Furthermore, pendrives are very cheap nowadays and the price is still dropping! One 8GB pendrive now should cost less than MYR10. But, the problem is that while it is really easy to plug in a USB device, removing it might be a pain especially if you have 3 or more devices plugged in at the same time.

When you have more USB devices running, using the Safely Remove Hardware applet that comes with Windows will become very slow and troublesome. Not to mention finding and locating that small icon in the system tray…

Now, all that is going to change with USB Disk Ejector, a nifty little freeware that lets you quickly remove USB devices which include thumdrives, flash drives, scanners, external hard drives, printers, and etc, by either the drive letter or name, or from the name of the program the USB device is using.

The USB Disk Ejector’s GUI is very functional and user friendly.

USB drives

You simply have to launch it and then double-click on the USB device you would like to eject. Fast and easy!

Other than that, you can also use this free utility from the command line. It will work silently, so there won’t be any popups to deal with. You can pass in the /? parameter to the utility to show a quick help dialog.

USB disk ejector

See, it’s really easy. For example, to eject the USB device that is mounted as my F: drive, I would simply use the following command line:

usb_disk_eject /removeletter F

This might be a problem if you have a lot of USB devices and the drive letters change a lot. But, luckily this free utility offers partial name matching by utilizing asterisk to the beginning of the device name. For example, I can eject the same device above by using the full name:

usb_disk_eject /removename “Memorex TRAVELDRIVE 005B”

Or simply using the partial name:

usb_disk_eject /removename “*Memorex”

Nice? Let me tell you that you can make it nicer… or quicker in fact by creating a shortcut to this eject command. That will make the eject process much fun, isn’t it? 🙂

USB Disk Ejector is a tiny but useful freeware which has been tested on Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Vista. Go download it today, I am sure you won’t regret it!