How To Format And Use a USB Flash Drive On Your Mac

You can use pretty much any USB flash drive with your Mac. But be sure to buy one with the right connection type, either USB-A or USB-C, or get one that has both. Most drives are preformatted for Windows, so you probably want to reformat it for your Mac. You can add and remove files from a USB flash drive using the Finder. Be sure to eject the drive first before phsyically disconnecting it.

Comments: 7 Responses to “How To Format And Use a USB Flash Drive On Your Mac”

    Jimmy
    9 months ago

    Gary A Very helpful lesson Much appreciated

    Larry
    9 months ago

    There is no option to format a usb drive. Catalina on a macbook air purchased in 2013. Why is so incredibly complicated to format a usb drive? pissed off!!

    9 months ago

    Larry: What do you mean? There is. That’s what I am showing in this video.

    Larry
    8 months ago

    I finally figured out that erase means format without actually using the word “format”. Perhaps using the word FORMAT would make easier it to understand. I am still not completely sure the USB drive is formatted.

    8 months ago

    Larry: Erasing will erase the drive and set it up using the format you selected. I suppose if they used “format” then some people would think it meant to reformat the drive and somehow maintain the data. Erase is the safer term.

    Maynard Schweigert
    8 months ago

    I have a SanDick MP3 player that will not even show up as an attached device. Can it still be formatted by other means.

    8 months ago

    Maynard: So you don’t see it in Disk Utility? Then there is nothing you can do. You can try to contact the maker to see if they offer any sort of support or help.

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