KDE: Where’s the shortcut for unmounting portable drives?

With KDE (3.5.5), the stock way to unmount a portable drive is to right-click on the related drive icon and then click “Safely Remove Device”. But what if the mouse ran out of function? There’s no alternative keyboard command for this, unfortunately.

So, instead of a shortcut, there is the ‘longcut’ to unmounting a portable drive:

  1. Open a terminal.
  2. List mounted portable drives to know to which location/folder the drive is mounted: mount | grep /dev/sd.
  3. Unmount a drive: sudo umount /path/to/mount/folder.

It’s definitely terrible if you ask a newbie friend to do the ‘longcut’ in the event of a malfunctioning mouse. Quite intimidating if I were in his/her shoes.


  1. Hi, Dong: I’m of the opinion that new Linux users should learn to use the command-line terminal as soon as possible. It makes a lot of things easier as compared with the GUI way of doing things.

  2. I strongly agree to Dominique, In my early days of Linux, I was involved in KDE because of my windows background. But soon I realized the real power of Linux that makes it different from Windows is hidden in the command line.

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