Devices that use the Universal Serial Bus data interface

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How to stop OS X from writing Spotlight and Trash files to memory cards and USB sticks?

When plugging a USB stick into a Mac, OS X creates a number of hidden files on the stick, including a Spotlight index and Trash folder. Example from the terminal for a USB stick "Untitled": $ ls -a ...
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Creating A Bootable USB Of Windows 8.1 On OS X?

Reasons for wanting create such a usb include: PC is unbootable and you want to prepare a bootable USB using the ISO file that you have on your external hard drive. to install Windows 8.1 on Mac ...
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Internal keyboard and trackpad stop working after plugging in USB device

I got a new MacBook Pro with OS X Mavericks. When connecting my phone via USB, the internal keyboard and the trackpad immediately stop working -- not always but in most cases. The bluetooth mouse and ...
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How do I disable this message: “the disk was not ejected properly”?

Is there any way to disable the "the disk was not ejected properly" message? I use a KVM and need to switch between two systems and have a memory stick that is in the KVM. The problem is that it's ...
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Can I use my iPhone charger for charging other USB based devices?

Is it OK to use my iPhone charger for charging other USB powered devices like the Kindle or a digital camera (with a rechargeable battery)? Can it cause any damage to the charger or to the device ...
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iPad displays “Not Charging” when plugged into USB ports. What can I do?

When I plug my iPad into my computer's USB ports, the iPad battery area displays "Not Charging". I understand the iPad requires more wattage to charge compared to an iPhone or iPod, as evidenced by ...
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Emptying trash of the USB drive

I have a USB plugged in Mac. What I found was .Trashes was not emptied with the emptying trash (right click of the trash and run empty trash) for the USB drive. What might be wrong? Is there any ...
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MacBook Pro with Mountain Lion freezes frequently (full screen Flash in Chrome, Messages, HTC on USB)

Problems following an upgrade to Mountain Lion on a 13-inch, Early 2011 MacBook Pro (MacBookPro8,1 with Intel HD Graphics 3000). With Google Chrome, I was watching YouTube video fullscreen – Flash ...
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How do I make a bootable USB flash drive for a MacBook Air?

Does anyone have a Terminal command-line recipe for making a new bootable USB flash drive for one of the new MacBook Air's? Is there a way to dd copy the USB boot device that comes in the box and ...
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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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Why can my Mac charge my iPad but other computers can't?

What do Macs do differently so its USB ports can charge my iPad, but if I plug into a USB port on my PC I get the "not charging" message?
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How do I eject the Time Machine backup drive automatically after each backup?

How do I set Time Machine to eject my external Time Machine backup drive automatically after each backup?
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Copying ISO file to USB drive in OS X?

I have tried to copy an ISO file to a USB drive. I am unable to do it with Disk Utility. How can I copy the ISO file to a USB drive? But I get the below. I have enough space in the 16GB USB drive ...
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Do any USB 3.0 to Gigabit Ethernet adapter work with OS X?

Yes, I know there is a solution available from Apple for Thunderbolt. Yes, I know there is a solution available from Apple for USB 2.0 to fast Ethernet (10/100). I am looking for an adapter to plug ...
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How to monitor USB power consumption?

I'm looking for a way to monitor the power being drawn from the USB ports on my Mac. System Profiler doesn't appear to display this and I haven't been able to find any applications or tools to do the ...
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Disable File System Cache for USB Devices?

Possible Duplicate: Disable “the disk was not ejected properly” message When I have a USB Device like a SD Card, USB Drive or external hard drive, I always need to unmount it, ...
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What's a reliable method to create a stand alone recovery disk for Lion?

I'm seeing a lot of questions with all sorts of steps to burn a DVD or create a USB disk so you can boot your Mac with Lion if the internal drive is replaced. Is there a definitive set of steps that ...
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Thunderbolt Display does not recognize USB keyboard

I have a Macbook Pro which I use in combination with a Thunderbolt display. I also have a standard Apple USB keyboard with numeric keypad which is plugged in one of the USB ports of the Thunderbolt ...
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Can I move data from old to new Time Capsule through USB?

The Apple knowledge base note on this question says to hardwire the Time Capsules and a computer together through ethernet, and transfer the data from TC1 to the computer to TC2, all through ethernet. ...
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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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Why doesn't iTunes detect my iPhone?

When I connect my iPhone 3GS to my computer, iTunes does not detect it. The phone displays the green battery meter indicating it's charging, System Profiler detects an "iPhone" connected to the USB ...
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Using Terminal, how can I find which directory is my USB drive mounted in?

I am using Terminal and have looked through directories. I just can't find where my USB drive its directory is. Which directory is my USB drive mounted in?
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How do I mount ejected external USB flash storage? [duplicate]

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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USB Optical Mouse not working with Mac Mini

I have a Mac Mini. I also have a cheap optical mouse. The two do not seem to be able to co-exist. I've tested the mouse on a Windows PC. I've tested the USB ports of the Mac with the keyboard and ...
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How to format the OS X installer USB stick that comes with MacBook Air?

When you purchase a new MacBook Air they give you a mini-USB drive that is used to reinstall OS X and iLife '11. How can I format this USB stick and put whatever I want on it? The option to format ...
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Can you boot a MacBook Air from a USB 3 external hard drive?

Macs have long been able to boot from external FireWire hard drives. I don’t think they’ve been able to boot from external USB 2 drives though. The new MacBook Air (2012) has USB 3.0. Can it boot ...
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How can I increase the time before my external drive powers down?

I have an external USB drive from LaCie that is connected to my MacBook Pro – almost all the time. So whenever I don't use it for a few minutes, it powers down. That means, it takes a few ...
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Can I share my iMac's internet access to iPhone via USB?

I have an iMac, connected to the Internet via Ethernet, and an iPhone 4. I would like to share the iMac's Internet connection to my iPhone via the USB Cable (because my wife dreams of a wifi-less ...
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How do I make my 1.5 GHz PowerBook G4 boot from a USB stick?

I actually want to boot Linux but since that is not working I'm thinking some one might know on the Apple end. If there's a way to boot Mac from a USB stick, then booting another operating system ...
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Why doesn't my headset microphone work?

I got a SteelSeries headset for Christmas and I plugged it into my MacBook Pro. The audio output works fine, but I am having issues with the audio input. I saw this post which talked about some power ...
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How can I use an Asix AX88179 with Mac OSX 10.8 (Mountain Lion)

I'm looking for some one who may have configure the Asix AX88179 to work with OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion. This chipset (AX88179) is embedded in most of the very new the USB 3.0 Gigabit Ethernet adapters. ...
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Prompt When Ejecting Time Machine Drive

Whenever I eject the external drive that I use for Time Machine, I get this prompt: However, in actual fact, this particular drive has got only ONE (1) partition, so it's rather annoying that I ...
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At what point do iPads stop displaying “not charging” when connected to power?

I am curious if anyone has measured directly or found an authoritative reference that documents at which point the various iPad will display charging and not "not charging" in the menu bar while ...
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Can you solve these intermittent audio problems with Ford Sync and iPhone?

Most of the time my iPhone 3GS works well with the Ford SYNC system (based on Microsoft Auto/Windows CE) in my Mercury Milan Hybrid. I connect the iPhone to the car's USB input (inside the center ...
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Best, or best supported, USB-Serial adaptor for OSX

I have various devices to connect to my iMac using good-old RS-232. Of course, I only have USB connectors on my machine. I have a couple of Prolific PL2303-based cables, and they seem to work OK, ...
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How to disable individual USB ports by script?

I am looking for a script which will allow me to disable one specific USB port on my Mac mini. It would only serve a purpose if it works in real-time and didn't require a reboot. I've found scripts ...
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How to install Windows 7 Bootcamp using iso file (without USB/DVD)?

I have a MacBook Pro and I need to install Windows 7 besides Mac OS X so I can play games on it. The problem is that I don't have a USB stick or DVD to copy the Win7 iso image like Bootcamp requires. ...
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“This copy of the Install OSX Mavericks…” error message via USB boot

I have an old Leopard MBP and a 2013 Mavericks iMac. I want to install Mavericks on the Leopard MBP, but had no success since. Here's what I did. I downloaded Mavericks from the MAS on the iMac I ...
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Copy Crucial SSD Firmware Update ISO to Bootable USB

I want to start with the Crucial SSD Firmware Update and copy the ISO to a bootable Mac USB stick, using a minimal set of tools. I hope that means using only built-in Mac software, such as Disk ...
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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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Remount drive without physically disconnecting?

So I have unmounted a usb external hard drive but I went to re-mount it. Is there a command that I can use to remount the drive? Only way I know to re-mount a drive is to disconnect the usb cable ...
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Didn't Apple use to provide USB stick with OS X on it?

I'm quite new to the Apple Mac world, and I've been told that some of the older macs used to include a USB stick to boot the OSX Mountain Lion. I have a Macbook Pro with Mavericks, and there was no ...
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Which Macbook Pro USB port should I use to charge an iPad?

I heard that one of the two USB ports provides more power, decreasing the charging time. Still, I forgot which one is the powerful one. I would be nice to give a hint that's easy to rememeber ;) It ...
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Are any of the USB ports on a Macbook Pro “always on”

Always on USB ports will provide power to a device even when the laptop is shut down. Obviously this can be problematic for battery issues, but sometimes a user wants this capability all things ...
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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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Momentary freeze in Mac OS X on USB device atachment

This seems to have only started recently, but every time I attach a USB device or removable media (SD Card) to my Mac Book Pro running OS X 10.8.3 there is a freeze in the mouse cursor for a few ...
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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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Can I get S.M.A.R.T. support on external hard drives?

Disk Utility reports the S.M.A.R.T. Status as not verified for external disks, and by default Mac OS X only seems able to access S.M.A.R.T. information on internal hard drives. Is there a way to get ...
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Can the iPod touch work without a battery?

If you were to remove the battery from an iPod touch, and then connect it to a computer, would you still be able to play music on it?
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How can I force Mac OS X 10.9 to see the ethernet port of my hub (Asix AX88179)?

I already downloaded (and installed !) the latest file from ASIX.com, which is the latest to this day, but System Information does not list the port as being available when I connect the USB 3 Hub ...