USB Memory Stick not found

Apple Macbook notebook
March 4, 2010 at 16:00:12
Specs: OS X
I am very new at this.....can not find my usb memory stick on my mackbook as it was not automatically detected like in windows. I am not familiar with non windows enviroments. I did go into the apple finder and also do not see the memory stick appearing as a device. The device is lit up, therefore it is working. How do I explore it or import documents from it?

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#1
March 4, 2010 at 16:11:46
If you are trying to move files from a windows PC to a MAC, that isn't going to work unless you have a special conversion program on one of the systems. They use different file systems.

Transfer files from PC to MAC
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&...


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#2
March 4, 2010 at 17:34:17
No, I am trying to open photo's from my USB memory stick to
transfer them to iphoto and I do not know how to see the
memory stick in order to do that.

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#3
March 5, 2010 at 06:53:46
I know almost nothing about Apple operating systems, but your problem(s) is(are) common to flash drives on any operating system.
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This assumes you are using Windows, but similar applies to any computer.

USB devices may not work correctly when they're connected to certain USB ports e.g. ports in a hub or on the front of a desktop case. If you have a desktop computer, you may have an IRQ sharing problem you need to fix, or your power supply may be starting to fail.
See response 3 in this:
http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...

Also - if you are using a USB extension cable, some of them have inadequate wiring and will not work properly with some USB devices.

E.g. if you don't have it plugged directly into a port built into the macbook, the flash drive may not be detected properly. If you are plugging in a USB connected memory cardreader, the same applies foir the card reader and the memory card (I'm assuming you the card plugged in properly into the reader)..
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If that doesn't help, the flash drive or memory card may be being properly recognized as a hardware device, but you can't access it's data.

This assumes you are using Windows, but similar applies to any computer.....

The flash drive (or external drive, or memory card reader) must be plugged into a port it will actually work in.

How to tell if the flash drive (or external drive, or memory card reader) is properly recognized as a hardware device, even if you can't access it's data.
Programs you can try to recover your data, if that's okay.

The most frequent reason people can no longer access the data on a USB flash drive, USB External drive, or a memory card on a computer

See Response 2:
http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...
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"The most frequent reason people can no longer access the data on a USB flash drive, USB External drive, or a memory card on a computer"

If you UNPLUG a flash drive, or memory card reader, or amemory card from areader, on any computer while the computer is running without STOPping access to the drive or memory card with some program, there's a possibilty that the data on the drive or the memory will be damaged. If the data is damaged, you may not be able to see the data on the flash drive or memory card at all when you plug it in after that.

"How to tell if the flash drive (or external drive, or memory card reader) is properly recognized as a hardware device, even if you can't access it's data."

If the flash drive or memory card reader is connected to a USB port it can actually work properly in, the flash drive or memory card will show up as a drive wherever hard drives show up as device, and the flash drive or memory card reader will show up as a USB mass storage device or similar wherever USB devices show up as devices.

"Programs you can try to recover your data, if that's okay."

If the flash drive or memory card reader is showing up properly as a hardware device, there are free and cheap programs available on the web that you could try to recover the access to the data on the drive or the memory card.


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#4
March 7, 2010 at 15:13:57
Thanks, that was of use. My problem is that I am not running
windows. I now figured out that the drive appears on the
Macbook desktop as soon as you plug it in. I tried a different
memory stick and it appeared on the desktop. However the one
I am trying to access does not appear and this same usb
memory drive does appear when I plug it into another computer.
I have no idea why this is. Very frustrating!

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