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how do i use a usb stick on my imac

20438 Views 9 Replies Latest reply: May 14, 2012 12:29 PM by tritzia RSS
tritzia Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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May 14, 2012 11:38 AM

Hi All.

 

I have been given a USB stick and I have never used one before, so please forgive my ignorance, but how do I use it on my iMAC

( new to apple as well, so I haven't a clue how to find anything )

 

I know it plugs in the back of the machine, but I thought something would " pop up " and tell me a USB stick had been plugged in, but I'm not getting anything.

 

Sorry I'm not even sure if I'm on the correct forum my "about this mac"  says I have a mac os x version 10.7.3 if I am in the wrong one Please tell me.

 

Thank you.

Tricia.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • captfred Level 7 Level 7 (26,225 points)
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    May 14, 2012 11:41 AM (in response to tritzia)

    On the menubar in Finder,  Finder > Preferences > General tab > check external disk. 

    The icon should then show on the desktop.

  • keg55 Level 5 Level 5 (5,585 points)
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    May 14, 2012 11:41 AM (in response to tritzia)

    Open Finder and see if you see the USB thumb drive there. If not, open Utilities/Disk Utilities and see if you see it there. It may need to be formated as GUID and Mac OS Extended (Journaled).

  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (234,260 points)
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    May 14, 2012 11:41 AM (in response to tritzia)

    Choose Computer from the Finder's Go menu and double-click the drive.

     

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  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (220,950 points)
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    May 14, 2012 11:41 AM (in response to tritzia)

    Plug it into one of your USB ports. Then do the following:

     

    Drive Preparation

     

    1. Open Disk Utility in your Utilities folder.

     

    2. After DU loads select the USB flash drive (this is the entry with the mfgr.'s ID and size) from the left side list. Click on the Partition tab in the DU main window.

     

    3. Under the Volume Scheme heading set the number of partitions from the drop down menu to one. Click on the Options button, set the partition scheme to GUID then click on the OK button. Set the format type to Mac OS Extended (Journaled.) Click on the Partition button and wait until the process has completed.

     

    4. Select the volume you just created (this is the sub-entry under the drive entry) from the left side list. Click on the Erase tab in the DU main window.

     

    5. Set the format type to Mac OS Extended (Journaled.) Click on the Security button, check the button for Zero Data and click on OK to return to the Erase window.

     

    6. Click on the Erase button. The format process can take up to several hours depending upon the drive size.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (220,950 points)
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    May 14, 2012 12:21 PM (in response to tritzia)

    Then you most likely have a defective flash drive. If this is one of those flat stick with the visible gold contacts, then try turning it around in the USB port.

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