How to redirect download files in Safari to USB flash drive

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  1. vigorito macrumors regular

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    I cant find any settings in safari,i have mbp 13 with 128 flash and i dont want to download files to flash memory i will do it instead to usb 3.0 kingstone usb flash drive but there is no option in safari for that all goes to downloads folder,or should i switch to other browser like chrome?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Safari > Preferences > General > Save downloaded files to:
    ScreenCap 2013-03-02 at Sat, Mar 2,11.42.56 AM .PNG
     
  3. vigorito thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks,have one more problem,i insert 2 usb flash drives in order to copy content from one to another,since i switch first time after 20 years from windows i just cant find how i can delete files from a usb flash drive there is no option delete just copy even cut is disabled
     
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    The above would work, but you could also do some terminal tricky to make the Mac think the downloads folder is actually on the USB memory stick. I can walk you through it if you wish?

    Would mean that the all instances where your Mac downloads something would go to the USB drive.
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    The flash drives are likely formatted as NTFS. Mac OS X can only read NTFS drives natively, but writing is possible via several methods.

    NTFS (Windows NT File System)
    • Read/Write NTFS from native Windows.
    • Read only NTFS from native Mac OS X
      [*]To Read/Write/Format NTFS from Mac OS X, here are some alternatives:
      • For Mac OS X 10.4 or later (32 or 64-bit), install Paragon ($19.95) (Best Choice for Lion and Mountain Lion)
      • For 32-bit Mac OS X, install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (free) (does not work in 64-bit mode)
      • Some have reported problems using Tuxera (approx $36), which is an enhanced version of NTFS-3G with faster performance.
      • Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard and later versions, but is not advisable, due to instability.
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support NTFS
    • Maximum file size: 16 TB
    • Maximum volume size: 256TB
    • You can use this format if you routinely share a drive with multiple Windows systems.
     
  6. vigorito thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for very quick reply,i want to do this i want to use kingstone usb flash drive 3.0 for all downloads from browsvers and torrent downloaded from qtorrent so i cant do that unless i format usb flash drive with your method?
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    If you only use the drive with your Mac and not Windows, format it as HFS+.

    Format A Hard Drive Using Disk Utility (which is in your /Applications/Utilities folder)

    Choose the appropriate format:

    HFS+ (Hierarchical File System, a.k.a. Mac OS Extended (Journaled) Don't use case-sensitive)
     
  8. vigorito thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok lets clarify,at this moment i will be using mac os x and in order to get read/write from browsver and qtorrent i need paragon to format it like you explain me very well in previous post,what about external hard drives? i have 1tb external hard drive toshiba which is ntsf and i have a bunch important files there so when i plug that external drive can i copy files to macbook harddrive or not? (I know i cant manage that files on toshiba due ntfs read only system)

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    My bad i cant copy such a big files to 128gb flash drive,uf this is gonna be problem
     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    If you're using any drive (internal or external or Flash drive) exclusively with Mac OS X, it should be formatted HFS+. If you have existing data on an NTFS drive, you can copy that data to your Mac, then reformat the drive as HFS+, then copy the data back to the drive.
     
  10. vigorito thread starter macrumors regular

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    I cant copy big files to mac drive since its ssd and its not good for ssd life, ok for start i will redirect all downloads from safari and qtorrent to usb flash which i will probably format with paragon from your first reply for external hard drives i need to figure out something else

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    So basicly if i format usb flash to hfs+ and if i give that formated drive someone who is using windows would that person will be able to copy files to his hard drive?
     
  11. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No, Windows cannot read or write HFS+ drives without a 3rd party app such as MacDrive, as stated in post #7.
     
  12. vigorito thread starter macrumors regular

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    Aha, so i need to format first to hfs+ and then to install macdrive?
     
  13. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You can read/write/format drives in HFS+ format from your Mac with no other software needed. You can read/write HFS+ formatted drives from Windows if you install MacDrive on Windows. It doesn't matter what order you do them.
     
  14. vigorito thread starter macrumors regular

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    I understand now, even if i make a dual boot on my mac with os x and windows when i boot to windows i still need to install macdrive in order to acess files on usb or external hdd, ok the best way is to format usb/hdd is from disk utillity in mac or i still need paragon?
     
  15. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You only need Paragon if you intend to write/format a drive as NTFS from Mac OS X. I encourage you to re-read the two posts I made earlier on NTFS and HFS+, including all bullet points. If you take your time and read them, it should all be clear to you.
     
  16. vigorito thread starter macrumors regular

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    I think i understand now,because i will sometimes use windows too,i will keep my all drives ntfs and i just need to format them in paragon for mac to be able to read/write correct me if i did understand well now
     
  17. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You got it.
     
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    Hm ok,i formated one drive to mac os extended journaled in disk utillities and after i was be able to manage files on that drive normaly,after i install paragon and insert a second drive into usb (ntfs) i was be able to manage files from ntfs drive too,so i made mistake formating the first drive because first drive is not anymore ntfs i supposed just install paragon first and i would be able to read/write both ntfs drives in mac right? So now if i insert first drive into windows it wont be recognize because its mac os x juornaled unless i install on windows macdrive right?
     
  20. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Correct.
     
  21. vigorito thread starter macrumors regular

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    Now my next step is installing win 7, does bootkamp supPorts installing from usb flash?
     

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