USB flash drive help

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

  1. sv2 macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2008
    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


    Nov 19, 2007
    Georgia, USA
    It should be recognized under Leopard if it is formatted with Fat32.
  3. durija macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2008
    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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