I am running LMDE Cindy with Cinnamon and from the moment I installed the OS (few weeks ago) I cannot safely remove any external storage devices (harddrive and USB). If I do this my system freezes, and I cannot do anything, my mouse also stop working, and music is stuck in a loop from that point.
So far, this has always happened when using nemo (4.0.6), (the last thing I see is a message saying something like "Do not remove external drive, still writing to it") and it also, most of the time (not always, but I only had success with USB) happens when using `udisksctl -b unmount *devicename*`.
Before I was using Linux Mint Rosa (17.3) and I didn't had this problem on this laptop, so I suspect the software is the problem. I could find this (https://github.com/linuxmint/nemo/issues/1899), but it says the problem was solved with nemo 4, which wasn't the case for me, and since the same happens with the terminal I am not sure nemo is to blame here.
I am happy with any solution/work-around to safely remove my external storage devices including using other software (GUI or CLI).
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inxi -Fxz System: Host: lmde-carmela Kernel: 4.9.0-8-amd64 x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 6.3.0) Desktop: Cinnamon 3.8.9 (Gtk 3.22.11-1) Distro: LMDE 3 (cindy) Machine: Device: laptop System: Hewlett-Packard product: HP EliteBook 8470p v: A1029D1102 Mobo: Hewlett-Packard model: 179B v: KBC Version 42.32 BIOS: Hewlett-Packard v: 68ICF Ver. F.31 date: 09/24/2012 Battery BAT0: charge: 25.6 Wh 100.0% condition: 25.6/25.6 Wh (100%) model: Hewlett-Packard Primary status: Full CPU: Dual core Intel Core i5-3320M (-HT-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 10376 clock speeds: max: 3300 MHz 1: 1224 MHz 2: 1219 MHz 3: 1299 MHz 4: 1298 MHz Graphics: Card: Intel 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller bus-ID: 00:02.0 Display Server: X.Org 1.19.2 drivers: modesetting (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: firstname.lastname@example.org GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Ivybridge Mobile GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 13.0.6 Direct Rendering: Yes Audio: Card Intel 7 Series/C216 Family High Definition Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0 Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.9.0-8-amd64 Network: Card-1: Intel 82579LM Gigabit Network Connection driver: e1000e v: 3.2.6-k port: 4060 bus-ID: 00:19.0 IF: enp0s25 state: down mac: <filter> Card-2: Broadcom Limited BCM43228 802.11a/b/g/n driver: wl bus-ID: 24:00.0 IF: wlo1 state: up mac: <filter> Drives: HDD Total Size: 256.1GB (45.2% used) ID-1: /dev/sda model: MTFDDAK256MAM size: 256.1GB Partition: ID-1: / size: 154G used: 99G (68%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda3 ID-2: swap-1 size: 10.71GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda5 Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 49.0C mobo: 0.0C Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A Info: Processes: 221 Uptime: 13 min Memory: 4445.9/7852.1MB Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 8.2.0 Client: Shell (zsh 5.3.1) inxi: 2.3.5