How to reformat a memory stick in Mac OSX SL?

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  1. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    How to reformat a memory stick in Mac OSX SL? Because I have a 128MB empty memory stick, yet it says there is only 5.2MB free, and when I try to copy a 17MB file to it, it says it won't fit.

    How do I reformat it completely so it fixes?

    Cheers!
     
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  3. pknz macrumors 68020

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    What OS was it saying it only had 5.2MB free?
     
  4. mrsir2009 thread starter macrumors 604

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    Hello again, it appears that now the memory stick works fine on my MacBook Pro but not my iBook. Hmm, what sort of formatting do you think I'd need to get it to work on the iBook?
     
  6. pknz macrumors 68020

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    What OS is your iBook running?

    Mac OS Extended format should work on Classic OS and OS X

    I think, someone correct me if I'm wrong.
     
  7. mrsir2009 thread starter macrumors 604

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    I'll try Mac OS extended - My iBook is running 10.0.4. I know, not the best OS :eek:
     
  8. mrsir2009 thread starter macrumors 604

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    In the disk utility it says that the format is: MS-DOS (FAT16)

    You can select the format you want from a dropdown menu, however every time I select "Mac OS extended" from the dropdown menu there is no way to save it or anything - And when I quit disk utility and open it back up again, the format is still MS-DOS (FAT16).

    How do I change it from MS-DOS (FAT16) to Mac OS extended?

    Thanks!
     
  9. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

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    This may be your problem. Up until 10.2, OS X has some issues with USB devices. FAT16 should work with your computer just fine.

    EDIT: Why is this posted in the 10.7 sub-forum?
     
  10. fizzwinkus macrumors 6502a

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    i would also check the partition format. more recent mac oses use guid format, but an ibook may require apple partition map. this is separate of the volume format, which should be hfs or hfs journaled. (hfs+ / hfs+ journaled can be used as well)
     
  11. mac2x macrumors 65816

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    Yep. The wrong partition table can cause all sorts of woes. Try Apple Partition Map as he suggests, unless of course you need to be able to transfer to a PC.
     

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