Make Big Hard Drive work like a Flash Drive

Discussion in 'macOS' started by silentarts, Jul 13, 2013.

  1. silentarts macrumors newbie

    Mar 4, 2009
    I have been looking for an answer accross the board for this!

    I have a 120GB Hard Drive and I want it to work as if it was a Flash Drive and not as a backup for my mac...

    It has stuff on it and I am not currently using it as a Backup Device, but more of a Normal Storage, yet, I am unable to copy stuff to the device!

    Is there any way I can make it work like a Flash Drive and be able to copy stuff to it from my Mac?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    What do you mean flash drive?

    If you have a hard drive and put it within an external enclosure, wouldn't that work like a flash drive?
  3. Dark Dragoon macrumors 6502a

    Dark Dragoon

    Jul 28, 2006
    Go into Disk Utility, click on the partition.
    Check what it says by Format.

    If it's NTFS then you'll need to install additional software on your Mac to be able to write to the drive.

    Alternatively you can reformat the drive as ExFAT which is supported under both OSX and Windows.

    Or FAT32 which will work with pretty much everything, but is old and doesn't support large files.

    Or HFS+ which will only work natively under OSX, but there is software you can install to make it work under Windows.
  4. silentarts thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 4, 2009
    Take a look at what I mean!

    For example! Look at my 120GB Icon....


    Compared to my 32GB Flash Drive Icon...

  5. frankmezz macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2010

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