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This is two bugs:

1. By default Disk Utility shows only volumes. Click the view toolbar button and select Show All Devices

2. The Show All Devices setting doesn't properly take effect until you quit and re-open Disk Utility.

If you leave Disk Utility in "Show All Devices" mode then you shouldn't run into this problem.




In a related bug, if you've just enabled the "Show all devices" setting then trying to format the disk will give an error saying it's unable to unmount the device. (Temporarily switching off "Show all devices" is another way around this if you don't want to restart)


Thanks very much, xenadu02! Just updated the blog post accordingly.




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