A USB memory stick, commonly known as a flash drive or thumb drive, is a portable device that is used to store data. These flash drives are cheap and can come in handy when you want to transfer a few files from one device to another. In this post, you will learn how to use a USB memory stick on a Mac. To put it in simpler words, you will be able to transfer and store data on a flash drive using your Mac computer. The process is quite simple, but there are few things you need to keep in mind when using a flash drive with Mac.

This post will show you how to transfer files to a memory stick, transfer files to your Mac, and how to format one for use on Mac. Let’s get started!

Preparing USB memory stick for use on Mac

If you purchased a new USB memory stick to be used on your Mac, then chances are that it may not be in the correct format. You will need to erase the drive and use a format that your Mac will recognise. If the drive is using an unsupported format, then you won’t be able to copy files to and from the memory stick. Do the following to prepare the USB memory stick of use on Mac.

1. Insert the USB memory stick into one of the USB ports.

2. If the device doesn’t show up in the Finder or Desktop, then open the Disk Utility tool.

3. Disk Utility will be available in the Applications folder or via the LaunchPad.

4. In Disk Utility, locate the USB memory stick in the left side panel.

5. Now select the Erase option on top.

6. Choose the format as MacOS Extended (Journaled).

7. If you’re going to use the flash drive on both Windows and Mac computers, then format it using FAT32 or exFAT.

8. Click on Erase now. Add a name for the drive if you wish to.

That’s it. The USB memory stick is now ready to be used.

Transferring files to USB memory stick on a Mac

1. Insert the USB memory stick to one of the available USB ports on your Mac. If the Mac doesn’t have a USB port, then you will need to get a USB hub.

2. The memory stick should show up on the desktop once it’s mounted.

open the memory stick

3. Double click on the Icon to open the memory stick.

4. You will now see the files stored on the drive.

5. If you want to copy files on the memory stick, then simply drag them on to the drive.

6. You can create a new folder within the memory stick as well.

7. When transferring files, a progress bar will appear showing the rate of transfer and time remaining.

8. You can also drag and copy several files simultaneously. Make sure that you have enough storage on the memory stick.

And that’s how you transfer files on to a USB memory stick on a Mac. It’s pretty simple isn’t it? The transfer time depends on the size of the file and the write speed of the memory stick. When there’s not enough storage available on the drive, you will receive an error asking you to free some space. If you delete files from the memory stick, you will also need to erase them from the Trash can. If you don’t do this, then the memory stick will still show as storage full.

Eject Memory Stick

Eject USB

Before removing the USB memory stick from the Mac, you will have to Eject the drive. If you do not do this, the files or the memory stick could get corrupted. To eject a flash drive, right click on the icon on the desktop and select Eject (drive name).

Transferring files from USB memory stick on a Mac

The process of transferring files from your Mac to a USB memory stick is similar to how to copy from the memory stick to the Mac. Instead of dragging the files to the stick, you will have to do it the other way.

1. Connect the USB memory stick to a USB port on the Mac.

2. The memory stick should appear on the desktop.

3. Double click on the icon to view the contents of the folder.

4. Drag and drop the files you want to move from the memory stick to a folder on your Mac.

5. You can transfer multiple files as well. When transferring the files, a dialogue box will appear showing the estimated time for completion, and the transfer rate.

6. Wait for the transfer to complete and make sure all the data is correctly copied by opening them.

7. Eject the USB memory stick by right clicking the icon and clicking on the Eject option. Now remove the stick from the USB port.

That’s it. You have now successfully learnt how to use a USB memory stick on a Mac.