Computer won't recognize flash drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jimijazz, Feb 8, 2009.

  1. macrumors member

    May 24, 2007
    I don't know what to do. I've used this flash drive a lot and all of a sudden it doesn't show up in Finder, but removing it without ejecting it still brings up a prompt and it shows up in System Profiler.
  2. macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
  3. macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2008
    North Korea
    I assume you've gone into Disk Utility and formatted it in the Fat 32 file format so Mac can recognise it.
  4. macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    Also take a look at your Finder preferences, make sure it wasn't toggled at some point not to show connected hard drives.
  5. thread starter macrumors member

    May 24, 2007
    Yeah, it shows up in DU as well.

    It's odd, the checkbox for showing external disks in Finder's sidebar was blue, but instead of a check it had a dash. I'm guessing that meant it was set to only display certain drives, which is odd, because I never changed the setting and, like I said, I've used this drive on this computer. Anyway, I changed it back and now there's no problem. Perhaps I inadvertently changed the setting... or my computer is becoming self-aware and is messing with me.


    Well, thanks, guys!

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