Force-Quit a Stuck iDisk
Wednesday January 04th 2006, 10:25 am
Filed under: OS X

Apple’s iDisk is meant to be an easy-to-use alternative to sending files over the net by FTP. Normally, you first rent the space you need, and then access it with OS X’s “Connect to Server” command. (For frequent visits, it might be simpler to use a free or inexpensive FTP program.)

When you rent iDisk space from Apple, on the other hand, it immediately appears like any other disk on your system, and you just copy files to and from it transparently.

Unfortunately, as well as being more expensive, this process seems to be a bit more error-prone. Sometimes iDisks freeze, and you can’t Force-Quit them like you can an ordinary program.

Step 1. First, go to your Applications folder, find the Utilities folder, and open up your Activity Monitor. Unlike the window that appears when you give the Force Quit command, the Activity Monitor will show any hidden programs you have running in the background.

Step 2. Find the program, or “process,” called mount_webdav. Click on the “stop” button.

Step 3. Confirm that you want to close your crashed iDisk. You can now reconnect and resume what you were doing, without rebooting your whole machine. Any files you were in the process of copying are probably incomplete, and need to be copied over again.

Nice. I googled “Force quit idisk” and ended up here.

I followed your directions and now am on my way.

Comment by chris 06.20.06 @ 4:24 pm

Most of time freezing and erroring.
can’t use it.

Comment by Quit smoking guide 05.13.09 @ 11:29 pm

Worked perfectly and immediately! I’m in Leopard OSX 10.5.6, and the process I stopped in the Activity Monitor was called webdavfs_agent.

Thank you so much, my iDisk was totally a spinning beachball for days.

Comment by Gale 06.29.09 @ 10:56 pm

Thanks Everyone- Online forums are the best for troubleshooting. Thanks to everyone who post solutions!

Comment by Erik 08.18.09 @ 3:54 pm