We will go over how to use a USB drive, thumb drive, flash drive, pendrive, etc, on a Mac computer (aka Apple Macintosh) like a MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac Mini, or Mac Pro.
A flash drive is a small, portable drive that plugs into a USB port on your computer. They are inexpensive and a great way to transfer or backup files quickly and easily. Simply insert it into a USB port on your computer. Modern MacBooks, like the newer MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro may not have a full-sized USB-A port at all, only offering the smaller USB-C alternative. While this may seem frustrating at first, USB-C offers many advantages, like faster speeds and the ability to plug in upside down or right side up. If you have a computer that only works with USB-C, you can either get a USB-A to USB-C adapter or dock or you can purchase a USB-C flash drive, like the Kingston Data Traveler Duo 3C. These are both relatively inexpensive and pretty commonly available now that USB-C is quickly becoming the new standard.
Once you insert the drive for the first time, your Mac should install the necessary driver software automatically and a USB icon should appear on your Mac display. If the icon does not display, you should also check that your Mac is set to show external drives on the desktop. You can do this by going to Finder, Preferences, General and making sure that there is a checkmark next to External Drives. Another way to access your drive is by going to Finder and clicking the flash drive from the sidebar on the left side of the window. If it still does not show up try unplugging and replugging it in or using a different USB port on the computer.
Once you’ve gotten your USB drive connected to your computer, you can use it the same way you’d use any other folder on your computer. Copy files by dragging them from one location to another and a copy will be saved in both locations. To select more than one file at a time, click and drag the cursor over the files you want to select. Remove a file by dragging it to the Trash, then click and hold the Trash icon and choose empty trash to fully delete the file.
Once you’re finished using your USB drive, you need to safely eject the device before unplugging it. You can do this by clicking the USB icon on the desktop and selecting Eject from the file menu. You can also click Finder and click the upward-pointing arrow to eject your flash drive. Or you can drag the USB drive icon from the desktop to the trashcan. Once the drive is ejected, you can safely remove the flash drive and stow it away for future use.
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Very helpful video !
I dragged my flash drive into trash can and then unplugged and now my iMac won’t even recognise my flash drive. Can you advise? Thank you ?
Thank you! I have used mac for a long time, but never really know what Im doing LOL. You made it very easy
How to make the external hard drive searchable in Imac? did you have a video show that?
I've been putting it in and pulling it out throughout this video.
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I don't see the same options on system preference in general as you have shown in this video. I have Mac Air
Thanks….I needed that
Im trying to connect type C to multi usb ports it doesn't show up please help
I hope that Windows computers won't get rid of USB A ports anytime soon. I hope my laptop will be working even after 8 to 10 years from now.
Hi thanks for the tips and tricks for using USB drive on my MacBook Air. It greatly helps in transferring and storing files safely. Shirish Balekundri, Wafer FAB Process Specialist.
hi when i plug my usb nothing comes up and nothing happnes?
Thank you. I am new Macbook user. You saved me a lot of time.
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Great to the point presentation Thank you
I was not able to find my flash drive in finder. it did not pop up on the left side of the screen like it did in your video for me ;( sad
Use full tips
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Thank you so much for the video
I just bought a MacBook and was completely lost on how to find it once I plugged in the attachment. This video helped me. ❤️
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Can you use flash drive to do MacBook backup (time machine)?
Would have been great had you included how to format a new drive.
Thank you Trisha. Simple and easy to understand tips. My USB drive heats up when I connect it to my MacBook air M1. why is that? will it affect my USB drive and what can i do to address it?