USB flash drives don't work?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by jamesmcd, May 5, 2006.

  1. jamesmcd macrumors 6502a

    jamesmcd

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    Both of my iMacs that I have tested don't seem to accept USB flash drives. (on Boot Camp/Windows XP of course).

    Widespread?
     
  2. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    Nope? I have 3 different branded ones and they all worked.
     
  3. timswim78 macrumors 6502a

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    Do they work in OS X? How are they formatted?
     
  4. Erendiox macrumors 6502a

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    If your USB drives have been formatted in the Mac OS Extended filesystem then windows won't read them without special software. Formatting your drive to FAT should allow it to be read by both operating systems.
     
  5. jamesmcd thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    None of them have been formatted. They are all left in er... Flash Drive format whatever that it. I assume it's just free space. Put it this way, they work on a friends PC, and they work on my Mac running OSX, however not while running Windows XP. Very odd.
     
  6. Heb1228 macrumors 68020

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    Are you plugging them into the actual USB ports or the extra ports on the keyboard? Sometimes the keyboard ports have trouble mounting some USB flash drives because they don't carry enough power.
     

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