This is a very common question I get asked, as well as several people have actually done it themselves. Before you go about formatting a flash drive on a Mac on your computer, you will need to know how to get your flash drive to work before you do that.
You can get a flash drive by plugging it into your computer’s USB port or just plugging it into your computer’s optical drive, but you can’t do that with a flash drive. You can use a USB flash drive, but you can never get one that is formatted (so you can’t write to it).
This is so simple you may not have realized it, but you can. You can use a USB flash drive to back up your data on your computer, but there is no way for that flash drive to work on your computer. That’s because you can’t use a USB flash drive on your computer unless it is formatted, and that is impossible for a flash drive formatted on your computer.
The way to format a USB flash drive is to connect it to a computer (or a computer with a USB port, or a computer with a USB port and a second USB port), then in the computer, select the option “open with” and choose the file type “USB flash drive.” Then copy your desired files into the USB flash drive.
USB flash drives are also a pain to use on your Mac. They are not as thin as a USB hard drive and therefore not as portable. They are also a pain to use on your Mac because it has no way of making it easy to erase the drive. This may be why I have so many unformatted USB flash drives on my desk, each one a pain to use.
The trick here is to use the computer’s USB ports to copy the files to the flash drive, and then use the “Erase” option in the Finder to erase the drive. If you want to use the mac computer to erase the drive, you can open the Finder and select “Erase drive.
One of the biggest problems with USB flash drives is the fact that you can’t unformat them. The reason for that is that the computers USB ports will only recognize files with an extension of.mac. If you format the flash drive as a mac user will be able to format it and then erase it. The same goes for the unformatted flash drives that I have on my desk.
But since the Finder will erase the drive, you can format the flash drive as a linux user. The format will erase the drive, but you will not format the flash drive. So, you need to unformat it to format it.
I know some users will say, “But I never format a flash drive!”. This is because these computers are more advanced than I am. I know that you can only format the drive if you have unformatted disk in the same folder as the flash drive. I’m sure that this is why some users are reluctant to format their flash drives.
To format a flash drive, you must first unformat the drive. Then you can format it again. This can be done from the terminal using the command unformatted. That tells the computer to erase the drive, but to leave the information on the drive. If you don’t want to erase the drive, you can tell the computer to format it like any other file.