CORRECTLY format usb drive for pc use

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by maclook, Sep 19, 2009.

  1. maclook macrumors 65816

    Nov 2, 2008
    Hi, I have a Kingston 1gb usb drive. I know how to use disc utility and format it by choosing the FAT option, but it never works correctly for me. I can use the drive on my Mac fine, but whenever I plug it into a PC it states that the drive needs to be reformatted.

    Unfortunately my only access to a PC is at school, and the permissions do not allow me to reformat the usb drive on those computers. I don't understand why my Mac can't just format it correctly for PC use..
  2. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    What's the partition map set to? It probably needs to be "MBR". In Disk Utility, when you go to the "Partition" tab, click "Options...". You can select "MBR" there.

    (The drive should have shipped with it set to MBR.)
  3. maclook thread starter macrumors 65816

    Nov 2, 2008
    youre awesome thanks so much for that...i guess i dont know how to use disk utility right

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