Cannot copy anything to the USB thumb drive

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Eutimio, Oct 7, 2008.

  1. Eutimio macrumors newbie

    Oct 7, 2008
    Hi everybody,

    I work with a Macbook running Leopard and in the last days everytime I try to copy something to my USB thumb drive I get the message "The item - cannot be copied because there is not enough free space". My trash can is totally empty so I know that is not the problem. If I attach the USB thumb drive to a PC, I can add documents without any problem so I also know that the USB drive is working correctly. Can anyone please give me some advice on what to do ???


  2. dvince2 macrumors 6502


    Mar 6, 2007
    Check to see what the usb stick is formatted as. Windows can read and write to NTFS, while OS X can only read.
    Make sure it is formatted as FAT32.

    To do this, when the drive is mounted, open up disk utility (Applications/Utilities/), and then click on the USB drive.

    (note that if your format the drive, you will erase everything off of it, so make a backup)
  3. Eutimio thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 7, 2008
    Thanks a lot dvince2.... I checked the USB format and says FAT16...I guess I need to format it as FAT32 as you said..I am gonna format it now....Thanks again...I aprecciate your time...


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