Stop using a SATA drive

Quartz quartz at
Fri Aug 28 00:55:12 UTC 2015

>>> This is possible.
>> OK, well my question (via Chris' original question) was, is there
>> currently a port or package that actually implements this?
> Not that I am aware of. Maybe some specific (vendor-supplied)
> control software for disk controllers ("RAID controllers")
> can do this?

Hmm... ok. Not that I have any plans for this, but just out of 
curiosity, how easy do you think it would be to write one?

> There was also a menu entry: "eject floppy disk", and additionally
> a keyboard shortcut.

Well... sorta. Even that was messed up. If you used command-E ("Eject") 
you got the stupid ghost icon. You had to use command-Y ("Put Away") 
which didn't really make a lot of sense. But as I said, Apple's mental 
model for disconnecting disks has always been weird.

>I was impressed when I was this on my first
> Mac systems - the disk would "magically" come out, there was no
> mechanical button for it.

Yeah the old "disk eater" drives. It wasn't long before they dropped 
most of the mechanical assist mechanism to save money.

>so atacontrol
> doesn't exist anymore - camcontrol is to be used.

Right, right, sorry. I saw "atacontrol" but thought "camcontrol".

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