what format do i need to erase flashdrive to so it can be read on pc and mac?

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  1. poohat1000 macrumors 6502

    poohat1000

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    i have two flash drives, both identical. oneworks on both - the other says "device not recognised" when plugged into PC - i'm guessing this is due to the format the drive is in?

    Is it possible to use disk Utility to erase the drive to a different format that will make it work on both pc and macintosh?

    Cheers
     
  2. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    Yes it is, use the option called MS-DOS (FAT)
     
  3. ergdegdeg Moderator emeritus

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    Yes, you can use Disk Utility. You'd best format it to FAT32, which can be read and written on by Macs and PCs.
     
  4. poohat1000 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    wow thanks for the quick responce guys -

    ummm

    - how do i do it?

    these are the options i see in "erase"

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    im using 10.3 here at work tho, was this something added only in 10.4?
     
  5. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    I don't have 10.3 around to check, but you're probably clicking on the volume rather than the device; if you look in the list at left, there are devices (the physical disk) listed, with volumes (what the computer sees) indented under them.

    If you click on the device rather than what's indented under it, that same popup should give you the option to do MS-DOS. If that's not working, try clicking the device, going to the Partition tab, selecting "1 Partition" from the popup at left, and then see if MS-DOS appears in the popup at right; it should.
     
  6. poohat1000 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    so i am, you genius mate - thanks so much :)

    edit:

    ok i did MS_DOS file system

    but now its not showing up in teh finder - only Disk U :S?

    edit2:disregard that
     

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