2Gb USB Flash Drive showing 'not enough free space'

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Chrisher78, Aug 30, 2008.

  1. Chrisher78 macrumors newbie

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    #1
    Hi all,
    I am running Mac OX 10.5.4
    I have just purchased a new 2Gb SD flash card. We were in the process of transferring some photos across when at about 600mb of storage it comes up with the message 'not enough free space'. I have dumped the files, erased in the trash bin and tried again to no avail. Am I forgetting something here? Is there a way to utilise the full 2gb without getting this message?
    Any information would be a great help, cheers.
     
  2. gibbz macrumors 68030

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    You could go into disk utility and reformat it and see if that helps.
     
  3. riscy macrumors 6502a

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    I would agree with gibbz - several times with one of my thumb drives I have had the same problem. I copy the data to the desktop, reformat the USB drive and then it is back to normal.
     
  4. Chrisher78 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What format should I have the USB flash key in? FAT? FAT32? Mac Extended?
    What is best for both worlds? (ie Mac and Windows) Thanks
     
  5. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Since the drive is only 2GB use FAT32.
     
  6. azadi macrumors newbie

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    Free Space on Flash Drive

    INSTRUCTIONS:

    Steps for Windows Platform (OS)
    Step
    1
    Start your computer and plug in the flash drive in the USB port.

    Step
    2
    Click on "My Computer." Click on "Manage" in the "Explorer" window of "My Computer."

    Step
    3
    Open the "Device Manager" and locate your USBDrive installed under the "Disk Drives" tab. Right click on "Removable Disk Drive" and click on "Properties" from the menu.

    Step
    4
    Click on the "Policies" tab and choose "Optimize for Performance" from the options. Click "OK" and continue.

    Step
    5
    Click on "My Computer" and choose the format on the flash drive.

    Step
    6
    Choose "NTFS" or "FAT32" depending on the type you want from the dropdown menu box.

    Step
    7
    Click "OK" to complete the format.

    Step
    8
    Know the other method: Search for tools that allow easy format of flash drives over the Internet. GParted is a formatting tool that you can download from the Internet. Install GParted on your computer. Restart your computer and browse "System: Administration: Gnome Partition Editor."

    Step
    9
    Plug in your flash drive and start GParted. Login with password information.

    Step
    10
    Select the flash drive from the dropdown menu in the upper right window of the GParted interface. The list contains all the storage hardware installed on your computer.

    Step
    11
    Right click on the display of the drive icon and choose the "Format to" option along with the file system type you wish to format (FAT32, FAT16 and so on).



    Steps for Mac Platform (OS X)[/B][/B]
    Step
    1
    Place the flash drive on the desktop.

    Step
    2
    Start the "Disk Utility." Click on "Macally" flash drive. Use the "Erase" button.

    Step
    3
    Select the "MS-DOS File System" in "Volume Format."

    Step
    4
    Provide a new name for the drive. Click the "Erase" button.

    Step
    5
    Perform the instructions given on the screen and finish the formatting.
    :cool:
     
  7. TimAlia3 macrumors newbie

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    Empty Your Computer's Trash Can

    Hey man, I had the same problem. Plug your flash drive in, delete what you need to delete. Then EMPTY YOUR TRASH.

    Then your flash drive should have the correct amount of memory, and you will be able to load files onto it successfully again.

    It's just a cheap flash drive. I've got a cheap one, too.
     

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