I'm using USB flash drives to transfer iTunes files from my MacOSX to my MacBook Pro. I put music on the flash drive, transfer it to my macbook, then delete the files and repeat the process. After doing it one or two times, the flash drives are no longer able to hold anything, even after I deleted the files. I have gone through this with 4 different flash drives, all different brands.
You need to plug the flash drive in and empty the trash. Deleting the data on a flash drive puts the files and in the trash and still takes up space on the flash drive just like on your hard drive until you empty the trash.
Are you trying to transfer music files from one mac to another? If you are, try using your Migration Assistant Application If you have both macs hooked up to a network. It's found under Applications - Utilities - Migration Assistant. Migration Assistant is pretty self explanatory from there.
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Re: flash drive failure
You need to format your drives. Even though you delete files on them a small amount of data remains each time. After so long the data builds up and clogs the drive.
Insert a USB with a problem
Go applications, Disk utility
open disk utility, then you should see the USB disk in the utility screen. click on then click format. It will kill all data on the USB and make it usable again.
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You should open iTunes on your Macbook. You should plug in your iPad mini to your computer using the usb cord. Depending on what type of files you are trying to transfer to your iPad you may have to download additional applications on your iPad. Please respond to let me know what type of files you are trying to transfer. ie are you wanting music and movies or word and excel documents ect?
You should be able to plug it in to your USB port and then open up Finder, the little square smiley face in the bar at the bottom of the screen. The flash drive should show up in the left column and then you can drag and drop files to it or if there is anything on it, you should be able to click on it and view the files in the larger right hand column.
There are several ways to do this. You can follow the instructions in the following article to back up your iTunes library on CD/DVD:
Alternatively, you can use your iPod classic to transfer your music as per the instructions in the following article:
You can also transfer the contents of your iTunes library via a flash drive or external drive, simply copy My Documents / iTunes to your external hard drive / flash drive, transfer it to your Mac, and then drag and drop the entire iTunes folder onto the iTunes icon in the dock and it will automatically import all of your songs, settings, and playlists.
There are a number of different ways to do this. If you have an external hard drive, all you need to do is drag the Macintosh HD/[your user name here]/Users/Music/iTunes folder onto the external drive, connect the external drive to your Macbook, and drag and drop the iTunes folder from the external drive onto the iTunes icon in the dock. <br /><br />If you have an iPod classic, you can do this: <br /><br />http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1329<br /><br />...or if you don't have a huge library and/or have a lot of CDs/DVDs you can use, you can back up your library to disc: <br /><br />http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1382<br /><br />...or if you have anything other other sort of iPod, iPhone, or iPad, you can rip the music from it using this utility: <br /><br />http://thelittleappfactory.com/irip/<br /><br />
I think the 3400c has a Firewire port, which would allow it to startup in "target disk mode" where it would be just like an external hard drive. That is, hold T at startup to get TDM. I have a Pismo with Firewire but I think the color 3400 is older.
With MacBooks and OS10.5 or later (you are at 10.6) you can do this with USB, also. So it might use the MacBook as the external drive of the PowerBook to transfer files in Finder.
Otherwise, you can turn on AppleShare on both and use Ethernet to transfer files slower.