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Can I copy SD cards using an iPod touch?

I'd like to backup photos taken on my dSLR camera on SD cards. Can I use a USB adapter to copy an SD card into the iPod's local memory, then attach a different SD card and copy the files to that?
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iPhone USB Tethering Problem

I have a strange little problem on my hands here. All this while, I've been using iPhone tethering via USB, and all was well. However, today afternoon, my iPhone USB interface in the Network pane ...
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How to make USB optical mouse work with MacBook Air?

I just bought a MacBook Air and a cheap Leadership USB optical mouse, which I can't get to work with the MacBook. It works fine with Windows and Linux, and the Macbook Air USB ports are fine. I ...
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iMac iPhone USB Internet Sharing

I have a MacBook Pro and a iMac. On the MacBook I see a network interface named "iPhone USB" in my Network Settings. On the MacBook the internet sharing over usb works fine. But on the iMac it doesn't ...
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iPod Reverse Tethering via USB

I want to use my computer's net connection for my iPod Touch via USB cable. Creating a wireless AP is not an option as I do not want to setup an AP. iPod Touch - IOS5.x Computer - Win7 Bonus - OSX ...
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Ejecting USB-Partitions on boot - works but not entirely

I have an USB drive with four partitions. SuperDuper uses these partitions to back up my mac. Since SuperDuper is scheduled, I have the USB drive constantly connected. But quite frankly the noise of ...
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My external disk made a clicking noise. What should I do?

I have a USB2+Firewire external disk that made a clicking noise, and Mac OS X immediately unmounted it and put up a dialog box saying that a peripheral is misbehaving. The disk made a clicking noise ...
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Why doesn't my MacBook recognize my USB keyboard when it wakes from sleep?

I have 13-inch, early 2008 MacBook running OS X 10.7.3, and recently, the trackpad started developing some problems, so I attached an external keyboard and mouse. It works great, except that when ...
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Which USB floppy drives can read HFS-formatted 400K & 800K floppies?

Does anyone know of a USB floppy drive model that can read old 400K & 800K Classic Mac OS (HFS) floppies? I have an Iomega Floppy Plus, but it can only read 1.44MB HFS floppies.
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How do I mount ejected external USB flash storage?

Suppose that we connect our flash USB drive to a MacBook, then eject this storage from Finder sidebar. Now I want to remount this storage without unplugging and replugging it into the computer, but ...
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I can never eject a flash drive on the first try. Why?

It may be that it is being indexed as a dot appears in spotlight. However, it doesn't matter how long the flash drive has been plugged in, nor the size of it, it will always fail to eject on the first ...
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Share internet connection from a PC to an iPhone through the USB cable

In the office where I'm working now, my network carrier has very poor reception, so my iPhone 4 cannot access the internet reliably. I have a pc running Windows XP SP3 that is connected to internet ...
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How can I get an unreadable Flash Drive to work?

I got this pretty cool flash drive as a gift and I can't seem to use it. Every time I plug it in, a pop up comes up that says: The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer. I opened up ...
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Best USB hub to match the Thunderbolt display?

I just got a spanking new Apple Thunderbolt Display to work with my Macbook Air and I'm loving it. The one thing I'm missing from my iMac is the 4 USB ports at the back (the Thunderbolt display only ...
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How do you check how much current a Mac USB port can deliver?

This question is similar to the superuser question "How to check how much power a USB port can deliver", which is answered for Linux and Windows. How do you check the same on a Mac?
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“USB device drawing too much power” error on startup with no devices connected

Since upgrading to Lion, I get this error every time I start up: I've read the answers suggested here, but they seem to indicate that it's the presence of a second device that's causing the ...
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What's the best way to back up an external hard drive onto a Macbook?

A friend of mine has a Macbook Pro, and an older 80GB external hard drive. She is copying files from the external hard drive (which contains all her work) to the Macbook, but slowly because she's ...
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My USB Devices seemingly disconnect at random intervals

I have a Early 2008 24" iMac. On my USB ports, I have my wired keyboard, my external Seagate HD (for Time Machine), and I have a joystick. For quite some time, it seems like all of my USB devices ...
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Timeouts in AppleUSBEHCI - how can I find out what is causing this?

I'm getting timeouts on my USB every few seconds like this: Jan 8 22:07:43 Thorstens-MacBook kernel[0]: USBF: 1722. 27 AppleUSBEHCI[0xffffff800b8b2000]::Found a transaction past the completion ...
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AppleUSBCDC weirdness after strange incident

I use my MBP propped on one of those laptop stands, ergo my external USB mouse and USB keyboard (both generic cheap-ass Logitechs) are always connected through a powered Belkin USB hub. Yesterday I ...
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Can the Apple 10W USB charger be used with a 7-port USB hub to charge iPad 2, iPhone 4S, and other devices at the same time when traveling?

When traveling, I probably will have the iPad 2, iPhone 4S, a USB backup charger, and some misc devices such as a Kindle Fire and a Sony digital camera that uses USB to charge its battery. So instead ...
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Can I use regular mouse with my MacBook Pro 2011 using Mac OS Lion?

I saw one of my friends using a regular A4Tech OP-620D USB mouse with a MacBook Pro 2010 and Mac OS 10.6.7. I tried to use a local brand USB mouse on my machine but it didn't work. It showed ...
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Ubuntu Disk isn't showing up at Boot

I recently installed ubuntu on a flash drive, following all of the instructions on the ubuntu website. When I started up my mac, it didn't appear in the boot menu. Has this happened to anyone else ...
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Booting an Intel Mac to Linux from a U3 USB drive

Is it possible to boot an Intel Mac to Linux, or any non-OS X operating system, from the U3 partition of a USB drive? I know that because OS X uses EFI rather than BIOS for the boot process, the only ...
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USB thumbdrive plugged into Macbook Pro which instantly goes black, bricked?

New 2011 Macbook Pro 8,3 less then three months old, this is my first ever Apple product. I have an old USB thumbdrive I couldn't remember what was on it so I plugged it into the USB port nearest the ...
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How to enable USB tethering on your Android phone to Mac OS X Lion

I want to tether an unlimited data plan on a Nexus S (with Android 2.3.6) via USB cable to a MacBook Air (with OS X Lion). Both on Windows and Ubuntu, it works like a charm, so I'm wondering if ...
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Constant external disk activity when MacBook is in sleep state

I am using an external 2.5" hard drive (the original MacBook HD, which has been replaced by an SSD) in an Icy Box USB3 enclosure on my MacBook (running OSX Lion). When the MacBook goes to sleep, the ...
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Is my USB drive broken, or is it my MacBook?

I have a Kingston DataTraveler 108, which is recognized by any computer I plug it into. When I try copying files to it on my MacBook, it is sometimes suddenly ejected. I've had the same problem ...
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How to import contacts from Samsung E1170?

I have a Samsung E1170 mobile phone and a USB datacable for it. How can I import/copy the contacts from the phone to my computer? Is there any application for Mac which can do that? If not, how can ...
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Is there any way for me to use the original Mac Plus or Mac 128k mouse with a modern Macbook Pro?

I gather the original Macs used a serial port for the mouse with a RS-422 DE-9 connector. Totally nonstandard today. But surely, at some point some company (Apple?) must have made an adapter to use ...
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Caps lock + letters A to l not working on mac USB keyboard

I am on the verge on snapping my brand new 27" iMacs keyboard. It's the latest USB model. I can't even login to my system because my password contains the letters I have said are not working. All was ...
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USB port not functioning on a user account, works on another

This is a 15" MacBook Pro (Early 2011 model). In one user account, only a single USB port works. When logging into another user account, both USB ports work. What could be causing this? What would ...
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Is the Lion USB drive purchased from Apple bootable?

I am helping my in-laws install Lion this weekend. They have purchased the Lion USB upgrade, but are only running Tiger on their Mac. Is the Lion USB bootable so I can do a clean install rather than ...
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Create Windows 7 installation disk option

I am currently running Lion on my late 2010 Macbook Air. The new bootcamp has an option to create windows 7 installation disk from usb and iso. I have both but bootcamp won't let me select that ...
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Is there a way to control USB audio device settings from the iPad?

It's possible to use the iPad as a USB host and connect up class-compliant USB audio interfaces through the Camera Connection Kit. But is there a way to adjust their settings in iOS? There is in OS ...
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How can I fix the “pops, cracks and hissing” sounds from iPhone audio played on Ford Sync over USB?

When I stream audio from my iPhone 4 into my Ford Sync audio system over bluetooth, the audio quality is excellent. However, if I plug in a USB cable to get access to the hands-free features, then the ...
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How can i burn a Windows 7 USB to an ISO?

I'm trying to install Windows 7 from a USB onto a bootcamp partition. No working :( So, I thought I might try and burn the bootable win 7 usb to a dvd or ISO (and then burn that ISO to disk). How ...
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Creating a wifi hotspot on OSX with a connected USB wifi adapter instead of airport (OSX Lion)

I am using a USB wifi adapter on my Lion imac. I am trying to use that connection to create a working wifi hot spot with the imac's internal airport. I tried following these instructions: ...
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Do Macs care which USB socket you plug devices into?

Windows never likes when you stick things into different (USB) holes. It has to recognise the thing again, install drivers, again, etc. Is that the case with Mac? Eg. I keep Time Machine on a USB ...
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Installing Lion from custom DIY DVD or USB fails

After upgrading to Lion my computer is really slow. Chrome-takes-a-minute-to-open-a-tab slow. I decided to do a clean Lion install and copy all my stuff to see if that fixes it, so I got a new hard ...
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Native RNDIS USB tethering support for OSX

Android phones can be USB tethered via RNDIS protocol on Windows and Linux. As far as I understood Apple does not provide RNDIS driver for OSX. Are there RNDIS drivers for OSX by third party (Android ...
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Do I have to use the Apple USB Ethernet Adapter for a MacBook Air?

Or can I use a third party one that is half the price? If there will be compatibility issues then I would prefer the Apple, but if it's just the same (like not needing to buy a SuperDrive any USB DVD ...
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USB 3 via ExpressCard/34 on a thunderbolt with parallels desktop

Can I use an extenal windows formatted USB3 harddisk on my mac connected via thunderbolt on the future Sonnet Echo-Expresscard/34-Thunderbolt-Adapter? It's clear I can use UBS3 HDs for Mac, but how ...
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Pen drive does not show on mac on attaching but show error on removal?

My problem is that when I attach my pen drive to any of the ports on my Mac, it won't show up on my Mac, but when I remove the pen drive, it shows the error, "The disk was not ejected properly. If ...
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How do you create an archive file which unarchives into the current folder?

At the moment, if I create a TAR or ZIP file foo.tar - containing multiple files and directories - when I double click on the archive it creates a folder foo containing all of the archived items. Is ...
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Why does the name of my flash drive change whenever I demount, then remount it?

I have a LaCie key (iamakey). When I change the drive's name to "LaCie" then dismount and remount it, it's name changes to "LACIE" I'm trying to figure out why it won't stay named as "LaCie" Any ...
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Official apple Lion USB Thumb Drive licensing

I own two macs, one running Snow Leopard and one running Leopard. My partner also has a mac running leopard. I am planing to upgrade all three to Lion and am looking at the Official Lion USB Thumb ...
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Make external optical drive appear identical to internal SuperDrive?

Is there a way to make a external optical drive appear to applications as though it were an internal SuperDrive? I am using the optical drive bay in my MacBook Pro for a secondary hard drive, and I ...
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How to make my iMac recognize my USB external hard drive?

I just bought a new Seagate hard drive for Time Machine backups. I plugged it into my iMac and the hard drive never showed up in Finder. The drive does not appear in Disk Utility and the command ...
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Is it possible to use Linux USB drivers on Mac OS X?

I have a USB device that I use on a daily basis and it has Linux and Windows drivers. I would like to use this device in Mac OS X (meaning not through a VM). Is it possible? edit System requirements ...