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 can attach some flash drives to Apple's $29 iPad Camera Connection Kit. (If you have an iPad with a Lightning connector you'll additionally need Apple's $29 Lightning to USB Camera Adapter.) Let me underscore some. Some flash drives require more power than the iPad can provide and won't work.
For the second question, here's also a guide to help you back up iPad music to iCloud.
Connect your iPad to a Wi-Fi network.
In iOS 8 or later, tap Settings > iCloud > Backup. ...
Make sure that iCloud Backup is turned on.
Tap Back Up Now. ...
Make sure the backup finished by tapping Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage, and then select your iPad.
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?
Plug in the drive -go to my computer and find it right click and go properties - look for folder options -choose show hidden folders -- you will probably find a folder called( trash) delete it and you should get your space back
Plug your usb pen into a usb slot on your computer, open 'My computer' from your start menu or desktop, Select your usb drive by double clicking it to open it,
Open itunes and right click on the song you would like to transfer, click on 'show in windows explorer' This will then open up the musics file location, have your usb drives window open in another screen and drag and drop the music file from its location the the usb drive, it will tell you how long is left of transfer, once finished transferring the notification of transferring wil then stop and close.
Select multiple music files to transfer by highlighting them and right clicking any one of them and then again completing the steps above.
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 />
Hi I had exactly the same problem with my Macintosh, it worked fine until recently but suddenly stopped working. As a matter of fact it is probably due to a compatibility issue of the USB driver after a recent software update of MacOSX drivers. Fortunately I have an old Macbook pro with an old version of MacOSX and the Tascam showed up immediatly and USB worked fine. Therefore, if ou can downgrade your USB driver it might solve the problem.