6 Replies Latest reply: Mar 25, 2012 8:09 PM by eMaciBookPowerPC
diamondhill Level 1 Level 1

I am working between two Macs in my house: the upstairs one is MAC OSX 10.6.8, and the downstairs one (an eMac) is MAC OSX 10.5.8 -- if that matters.

 

I need to transfer files from the downstairs computer to the upstairs one.

 

When I insert a USB flash drive into the upstairs Mac, I am able to save files to it and from it. (I have already read about the correct way to format the flash drive for FAT 32 and read/write, and I eject the drive correctly when I'm finished.)

 

Then when I go insert the flash drive into the downstairs Mac:

 

  • the flash drive appears on the desktop
  • I'm able to open it, to see the files saved to it
  • I can save files off of it, BUT
  • I cannot save files to it. I get a message that there isn't enough disk space, which is incorrect -- there's plenty of memory

 

I have tried opening Disk Utilities on both MACs, erasing the flash drive's contents, and reformatting it, but I get the same situation.

 

I'm guessing the solution is simple and involves the eMac's preferences. Am I on the right track?

 

Frustrating.

 

Many thanks for your help!

Solved by BDAqua on Mar 5, 2012 12:12 PM Solved

Have you Verified the Disk on the Downstairs one?

 

To find out if it's system wide or user specific, try this...

Open System Preferences>Accounts, unlock the lock, click on the little plus icon, make a new admin account, log out & into the new account.

Does it work in the new account?

  • Niel Level 10 Level 10

    If the file is 4GB or larger, it can't be put onto a FAT32 drive regardless of how much space is available on it. Since the eMac can't be upgraded to a Mac OS X version capable of reading exFAT drives, either format it as Mac OS Extended or use a network to transfer the files.

     

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  • diamondhill Level 1 Level 1

    Niel:

     

    Thanks for the reply!

     

    The file on the eMac that I'm trying to transfer onto the flash drive is far less than 4GB.

     

    So I went onto the eMac's Disk Utilities and reformatted the flash drive as Mac Extended: still no dice. Even with the contents of the flash drive erased, any attempt to copy files onto it resulted in the same "not enough disk space" message.

     

    So I tried reformatting the same flash drive on the upstairs Mac. Same thing. I tried reformatting the flash drive both as "Mac Extended" and "Mac Extended (journaled)."

     

    Thoughts?

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10

    Have you Verified the Disk on the Downstairs one?

     

    To find out if it's system wide or user specific, try this...

    Open System Preferences>Accounts, unlock the lock, click on the little plus icon, make a new admin account, log out & into the new account.

    Does it work in the new account?

  • diamondhill Level 1 Level 1

    Well, I don't understand or know why this worked, but it worked. Thank you so much!!

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10

    Great news, thanks!

     

    We can work on the old account's problem if you like & it's still there.

  • eMaciBookPowerPC Level 1 Level 1

    You might be using usb 1. what is your model?