My laptop eats USB flash drives
January 14, 2013 5:22 PM Subscribe
Macbook Pro, running 10.6.8 seems to render any USB flash drive unreadable, be it new or used.
posted by tim_in_oz to computers & internet (8 answers total)
Brand new, out of the packet or used with data on it, the results are the same. I put the drive in the USB port, it boots and I can see the device name. I try and either read from it or write to it and the operation stalls, and I then get an error message saying that the device is unreadable. It disappears from the Finder menu. If I launch disk utility I can sometimes see the device again, but if I attempt to reformat it, the operation stalls again.
The USB drive is unusable in other computers after this process.
Any ideas as to why this might be happening or what I might do to fix it?