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In the Disk Utility in 12.04, there is a "Safe Removal" option for removable hard drives.

A screenshot of the Disk Utility in Ubuntu 12.04 with the "Safe Removal" button highlighted

In the equivalent Disks utility in 12.10, this option has disappeared.

A screenshot of the "Disks" utility in Ubuntu 12.10

Where did it go? How do I safely remove a drive? (The Safely Remove option powers down the device, unlike merely dismounting.)

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You can safely remove a drive from the file manager itself. There is an icon alongside the volumes that have been mounted.

Nautilus Screenshot

The icon you need to click it the one to the right on the Data label under the Devices, of course the label will be different for your volumes.

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Thank you for your reply. Unfortunately, that only dismounts the device, not safely removes it. For example, I have an external USB hard drive with several partitions. If I click the icon for every mounted partition, the device still remains attached and powered on, and I can remount. –  Paddy Landau Dec 15 '12 at 11:40
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