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I have an 8 GB PNY Attache flash drive that can be read by a Windows XP operating system but not on a Mac OS X operating system. The problem is even more confusing because a Mac that can run both Windows and the OS X can read the flash drive when started up in a Windows environment but not when started in a Mac environment (same port used for the flash drive in both instances). Any thoughts as to why...

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You may have the drive formatted in a way that the Mac cannot read. If you go to your "My Computer" in XP, find your drive, right click on it, look for something that says either NTFS or FAT32. If it's NTFS, the Mac won't read it.

You can copy files off the drive and then reformat it, also with a right-click in that My Computer menu. Format to FAT32. FAT32's major limitation will be no files over 2gb each.

There is free software out there that will -try- to read and write NTFS drives. It worked for me, but killed my brother-in-law's Mac.

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