How to Use Flash Drive on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Using a Flash Drive on Mac: A Comprehensive Guide

Flash drives, also known as USB drives or thumb drives, are incredibly handy storage devices that allow us to conveniently transfer and store data. Whether you want to back up important files, share documents with colleagues, or carry your favorite music and movies on the go, a flash drive is a versatile tool. In this tutorial, we will explore how to use a flash drive on a Mac and make the most out of its capabilities.

Step 1: Inserting the Flash Drive

First things first, let’s start by physically inserting the flash drive into one of the USB ports on your Mac. You might need to remove any protective caps or covers before plugging it in. Once inserted, you should hear a familiar “click” sound and see the flash drive icon appear on your desktop.

Step 2: Opening Finder

To access the contents of your flash drive, we’ll be using Finder – macOS’s file management application. If Finder isn’t already open, you can simply click on its icon in the Dock or use the keyboard shortcut Command + Space to open Spotlight and search for “Finder.”

Option 1: Accessing Flash Drive from Sidebar

In Finder’s sidebar, you’ll find various shortcuts to commonly used folders and devices. Look for your flash drive under the “Devices” section and click on its name. This action will reveal the contents of your flash drive in Finder’s main window.

Option 2: Accessing Flash Drive from Go Menu

If you prefer an alternative method, you can also access your flash drive by clicking on “Go” in Finder’s menu bar and selecting “Computer” from the dropdown menu. This will display all connected storage devices, including your flash drive.

Step 3: Copying Files to and from the Flash Drive

Now that you have successfully accessed your flash drive, you can start copying files to and from it. To copy files from your Mac to the flash drive, simply select the desired file(s) or folder(s), right-click, and choose “Copy.” Then, go to your flash drive’s Finder window, right-click, and select “Paste” to transfer the files.

To copy files from the flash drive to your Mac, follow the same steps but reverse the direction. Select the file(s) or folder(s) on your flash drive, right-click, choose “Copy,” navigate to your desired location on your Mac using Finder, right-click again, and select “Paste.”

Tips for Ejecting a Flash Drive

It’s important to properly eject a flash drive before physically removing it from your Mac. This ensures that all data is saved and prevents potential data corruption.

To safely eject your flash drive, either right-click on its icon on the desktop or in Finder’s sidebar and choose “Eject,” or simply drag its icon into the Trash bin in your Dock. Once ejected, you can safely remove the flash drive from the USB port.


Using a flash drive on a Mac is a straightforward process that allows you to easily transfer and store files. By following these simple steps – inserting the flash drive, accessing it through Finder using either sidebar or Go menu options, copying files back and forth between your Mac and the flash drive – you’ll be able to make full use of this versatile storage device.

Just remember to always eject it properly before physically removing it from your Mac. Happy file transferring!

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