USB flash drive help

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by sv2, Dec 1, 2008.

  1. sv2 macrumors newbie

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    Ok, I bought a new flash drive, 16GB. I can get it to read on Windows XP fine, it is formatted in Fat32. But when I connect it to my mac under Leopard OS X 10.5.5, it doesn't see it. It doesn't even come up under disk utility.

    Is there anyway to get it working? Or should I send it back?


    Also, the activity light works properly when connected to XP, (starts flashing), but when connected to my mac it just stays solid.

    *edit: whoops, I fixed it. It seems there wasn't enough power on the keyboard's USB port to run it, so I had to hook it right in the back. Kind of a nuisance. Please lock / delete this thread.
     
  2. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601

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    It should be recognized under Leopard if it is formatted with Fat32.
     
  3. durija macrumors 6502

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    I have 3 flash drives, all formatted FAT 32. I have erased and formatted each myself. One of the three is recognized by my 10.5.5 iMac about 1 out of 20 times when I plug it in the back, and it's also a no show in disk utility. (Now I only use that one for Windows where it's fine.) I don't know why it's that way, but just letting you know that you're not the only one with such an experience.

    If the box says OS X 10.5 compatible, I would take it back and try a different brand. If not, you may be out of luck.
     

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