I'm trying to transfer my files from my Toshiba laptop to my new Macbook..? (cont)

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  1. becky280 macrumors member

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    I'm trying to do it with a USB drive. Well, I plug in the drive and nothing happens. Usually when I plug something in my Mac will recognize it and it will open up. So what do I do? The USB drive is by HP... and I used another drive by Ultra Speed and that one worked just fine (but I can't use it anymore because I broke it... I took it out too early and now it won't let me put any files on it?). Is there a button I can press that will tell my Mac to go look if there's something plugged into the USB? hahah I don't think I make any sense. Help!
     
  2. Mew2468 macrumors regular

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    Try unplugging it then plugging it back in again. Then try pushing it in more...then try a different port.
     
  3. becky280 thread starter macrumors member

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    but I've already tried those things! Like, the USB drive will flash green for a few seconds, then it dies.
     
  4. spinnerlys Guest

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    SMC reset for MacBook, MacBook Pro except MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2009)

    1. If the computer is on, turn it off.

    2. Disconnect the AC adapter and remove the computer's battery.

    3. Press and hold the power button for 5 seconds and then release the button.

    4. Reconnect the battery and AC Adapter.

    5. Press the power button to restart the computer


    from http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1411

    That helped me recognizing one of my drives again.

    Btw, did you look into Disk Utility if the drive shows up there?
     
  5. becky280 thread starter macrumors member

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    where is disk utility? and what do I do once I get there? Sorry guys, I just bought this thing yesterday. haha
     
  6. spinnerlys Guest

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    Disk Utility can be found under Applications > Utilities or use Spotlight (Cmd + Spacebar).

    It's a software that shows all connected disks (if seen) and un/mounted volumes (sometimes partitions in Windows speak).

    Maybe your drive shows up there, but is not mounted, which shows as greyed.

    Here is an image, what Disk Utility looks like.

    [​IMG]
     
  7. becky280 thread starter macrumors member

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    ok, I opened it up and its there, but it shows up as grey. So what does that mean?
     
  8. Music_Producer macrumors 68000

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    Just like the previous poster mentioned - greyed out means the drive is not mounted. Usually I just restart my computer, and that fixes it - but you could try the SMC reset if restarting does not help.
     
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