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Sweet Witch
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Re: [Beginner] tiny little mac?

Ok, I put a blank disc in, but it says to insert a blank disk??



Sweet Witch
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How do I eject the disk?

How do I choose more than one file?



Sweet Witch
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This is incredible!! I've pushed the eject button on the keyboard - nothing. I've held down the F12 key - nothing. I've opened Toast and ejected - nothing.

I can't restart the computer to try that method and I don't have a flash drive with me. I do have SD cards but there's no slot that I can find.

This is my one chance to get these files and the stupid disc drive is jamming on me! It's not even showing up as being inserted.
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Optical disks are the bain of OS X. This is the one thing Apple has never gotten right, ever, by far.

Top right of the screen there is a little Magnifying glass thingie called "Spotlight"

click on that, type in "Terminal", select the program.

type in "drutil eject"

That will eject the disk unless it's stuck, which I doubt.
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Sweet Witch
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said by Mike:
Optical disks are the bain of OS X. This is the one thing Apple has never gotten right, ever, by far.

Top right of the screen there is a little Magnifying glass thingie called "Spotlight"

click on that, type in "Terminal", select the program.

type in "drutil eject"

That will eject the disk unless it's stuck, which I doubt.
Nothing. Damn macs!

I just went out and bought a 4gb USB drive. Am I going to be able to just plug it into the monitor or am I going to have to fight this damned thing too?
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Sweet Witch
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I truly can't believe how impossible this is!

I buy a flash drive, insert it - nothing.

Put it in my lappy to make sure it works - yup. Formatted it to get rid of the preinstalled crap.

Put it back in the mac - nothing. Put it in another port - nothing.

NOW what the ^&$( is the problem???
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lordpuffer
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said by Sweet Witch:

I truly can't believe how impossible this is!

I buy a flash drive, insert it - nothing.

Put it in my lappy to make sure it works - yup. Formatted it to get rid of the preinstalled crap.

Put it back in the mac - nothing. Put it in another port - nothing.

NOW what the ^&$( is the problem???

Now you have to format it for use with the Mac. Take a look here:

»www.ehow.com/how_4927355_format-···mac.html
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Sweet Witch
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I'm in Finder but can't find Applications.

If I format it in the mac can I then not use it in my pc? I'm trying to transfer files between a mac and a pc.
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said by Sweet Witch:

I'm in Finder but can't find Applications.

If I format it in the mac can I then not use it in my pc? I'm trying to transfer files between a mac and a pc.

Applications should be on the left side in Finder. If you are trying to get to Disk Utility you can also click on the top right on the magnifying glass and type it in.

You may be able to format the Flash drive for the Mac, remove the Files, and then put them on your PC. You can do it the other way around (PC to Mac). If I am not correct, please someone correct me.
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Sweet Witch
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It says Finder on the very top next to an apple icon. I've looked in all the menus and nothing says Applications. On the left side of the window are the docked programs.
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You can also click anywhere on the desktop, then click on "Go" at the top left and you will see the Applications folder.
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Sweet Witch
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Ok, I've gotten into it, it sees the disk so I clicked on it then tried to drag a file over - nope. So I chose Repair Disk. It just won't let me drag and drop.
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I believe that you first need to go through the steps in the link I posted to format the flash drive for a Mac. Then you can either drag and drop or copy/paste the files to the drive.
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No! Don't reformat the USB drive. If you format it as HFS+, it won't work on PCs.. there's no reason to reformat it unless the OP reformatted it to NTFS on the PC for some reason.

OP: Click anywhere on the desktop. from the Go Menu select "Home". A Finder window will pop up (same thing as an Explorer window on Windows). In the small sidebar on that window (not the Dock), there should be a "DEVICES" list. Your USB drive will show up there, most likely as "UNTITLED". Find the files/folders you want to copy and drag them to that icon in the DEVICES list. It should look something like the picture above. Notice the "Storage" device, that's my extra hard drive.

If for some reason you do not see this sidebar, while the window is at the foreground go to the "View" menu and select "Show Sidebar".
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I believe that the OP stated above that it was already formatted on a laptop PC.
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The default for PCs is to format a USB flash drive as FAT, which a Mac can read and write. If you format the drive as HFS+, the PC won't read it. If you format it as GPT w/ FAT, the PC might read it. You have to format it as MBR w/ FAT to make sure the PC will read it, which is completely unnecessary as the flash drive is most likely already this format. Every flash drive I've ever purchased has worked on Macs and PCs out of the box.
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Sweet Witch
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I finally got it to work, but only after I formatted it on the mac as MS-DOS. I can check it before I leave and redo if necessary but for the moment, I'm done for the night.

I'll tell you though, I haven't seen such a slow transfer in a long time! 15 minutes to do a GB?
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Mike
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Ton of small files across a gig on USB 2? It'll take a bit.



Sweet Witch
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It took about 17 minutes to move everything to my lappy, over an hour from the mac to the drive. Both USB2.



rjackal
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It takes longer to write to Flash memory (USB stick) than it does to read from it. Mac/PC/Linux, doesn't matter.