Mac and PC flashdrive problems!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by supercoolethan2, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. supercoolethan2 macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2010
    Why did transferring files from pc to mac mess up my flash drive? How do I fix this?

    I put video files on to a flashdrive from a PC. I then put the files from the flashdrive onto my mac. I then deleted the files from the flashdrive. After doing this, I noticed that the 4 gig Ativa flashdrive did not regain the memory back after removing the files. I reformatted the flashdrive in fat32 on the pc. When reformatting, it would only give me the option to set the flashdrive memory to 200mb. What is wrong? How can I fix this? Why did this happen? Please don't give me an answer unless you know what you're talking about.
  2. jim.lynch macrumors member

    Aug 27, 2008
    When a file is deleted using a Mac, the space is not re-useable until you empty the trash. The file still resides on the original drive until this is done.

    Try reformatting on your Mac. Use Disk Utility (Applications>Utilities>Disk Utility). Use "Erase" and select "MS-DOS FAT".

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