Windows -> Mac flash question

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by stickshifty, Aug 22, 2008.

  1. stickshifty macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2008
    Hello, I have a quick question about using a Windows-formatted flash drive in my Mac.

    My friend let me borrow his flash drive so I can save some pictures for my sister and then have them printed out at a local store (we're at college and our printers are just good enough for printing papers and she needs decent-quality pictures for her sorority). So before he gives it to me, he tells me to make sure that my Mac doesn't format his flash so he doesn't lose everything on it, but he had to go to class and didn't tell me how to prevent that.

    Help please? I don't want him to lose his stuff, and the bookstore is closed so I can't buy a new one.
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    You should be fine
    I use mine on both computers all of the time

    Your Mac won't automatically reformat anything

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  3. DeusInvictus7 macrumors 68020

    Aug 13, 2008
    Kitchener, Ontario
    yeah if youre just transferring photos youre fine, it wont reformat...
  4. stickshifty thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2008
    Thanks for the replies. I successfully put the jpeg-ness on without losing all his files!
  5. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    flash drives have a special format, just don't bust out disk utility and just drag/drop. although, OS X will leave a few fragment folders, like spotlight on the drive, but it's readable on windows, so ur friend will be able to delete them if he wants to, they're usually empty folders..
  6. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    flash drives under 4 GB are formatted as FAT32. its not a 'special' format its just an old file system introduced in 1996 and is cross platform.

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