How to Find Usb Drive on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

In this tutorial, we will guide you on how to find a USB drive on your Mac. Whether you are looking to access files stored on a USB drive or simply want to locate it on your system, we’ve got you covered.

Step 1: Connect the USB Drive

The first step is to connect the USB drive to your Mac. Take the USB drive and plug it into one of the available USB ports on your computer.

Step 2: Open Finder

To find the USB drive, we will be using the Finder application. You can access Finder by clicking on the blue face-like icon located in your Dock or by simply pressing Command + Spacebar and then typing “Finder” into Spotlight search.

Step 3: Look for External Drives

Once you have opened Finder, look for the “Devices” section in the left sidebar. Under this section, you should see a list of external drives connected to your Mac, including your USB drive.


  • If your USB drive is not appearing in the sidebar, click on “Preferences” in the Finder menu at the top of your screen. In the preferences window, select “Sidebar” and make sure “External disks” is checked.
  • If you still can’t see your USB drive, try using a different USB port or check if there are any connection issues with your drive.

Step 4: Accessing Files on Your USB Drive

To access files stored on your USB drive, simply click on its name in the sidebar. This will open a new Finder window displaying all the files and folders present on your USB drive.


If you have multiple partitions on your USB drive, they will appear as separate drives in the sidebar. Click on the desired partition to access its files.

Step 5: Ejecting the USB Drive

Once you have finished accessing your USB drive, it’s important to properly eject it from your Mac to avoid data corruption. To do this, right-click on the USB drive’s name in the sidebar and select “Eject” from the context menu.


Finding a USB drive on your Mac is a simple process that involves connecting the drive, opening Finder, and looking for it in the Devices section of the sidebar. By following these steps, you can easily locate and access files stored on your USB drive.

Remember: Always eject your USB drive before physically removing it from your Mac to ensure data integrity.

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