OS X Disk Utility formatted USB memory not showing in Linux or Windows

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  1. newed macrumors newbie

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    I have a USB Flash Memory stick from a friend. All was working well, until I decided to try and reformat it.

    I used the OS X Disk Utility "erase" to do this and since cannot find the drive in Linux or Windows.

    Both register the USB device, but neither mounts the file system.

    I have tried various combinations of File Systems in "erase" and "partition" within the Disk Utility. (Erase includes the MS Dos file system, but the partition utility panel options do not).

    I need to move files between Mac & Windows.

    ANY ADVICE ON HOW TO FORMAT THE USB FLASH MEMORY TO USEABLE ON BOTH AGAIN?

    Thanks!
    Ed
     
  2. RBMaraman macrumors 65816

    RBMaraman

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    I had a similar problem with my USB flash drive. I formatted it using every format possible in Disk Utility, including FAT 32. Finally, I went to a Windows PC and right-clicked the drive and selected format. It then began working flawlessly between my Mac an PC.

    So, in short, format it using a PC.
     
  3. newed thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Does not apppear in Windows

    Thanks.

    However:

    1) No FAT file system is even an option within the Disk Utility.

    2) The drive does not appear in Windows!
    The windows machine recognises the insertion.
    It is listed under the: Control Panel -> System -> Device Manager
    But no drive is mounted in the Explorer.

    Thanks for any help!
    Ed
     

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