How to Make a Flash Drive Appear in Finder?

usb flash driveFlash drives contain different sorts of information that users need on a daily basis, so it may be pretty uncomfortable to get these important things lost. Here we prepared a list of tips, which will help you out in case something wrong happened to your flash drive.

Examine the Screen More Carefully and Check if the Drives Are Mounted

As your Mac starts working, have a look at the menu falling from the top of the computer. Then, find ‘’Finder’’ among the icons and click ‘’Preferences’’. Afterward, you should check, whether external disks are available (you may also find ‘’Connected serves’’, ‘’CDs’’ or ‘’Hard disks’’ there also). This option can be chosen via the chapter ‘’General’’. From the Finder’s menu select the item ‘’Sidebar’’. In the appearing list, you will find a title ‘’Devices’’. There you can check once again if the external disk is present.

Use the Time Machine

Sometimes problems with the invisibility of the flash drives are determined by the upgrades users have done previously. In case, nothing else helps, just use the time machine and install the moment before the upgrade so that you could work with the flash drives without problems. However, it is more stopgap measures.

Use Spotlight

Do not forget to use the spotlight research when such problems like this happen to your Mac. First, find a small loupe in the upper right corner. After that choose a file, called ‘’decrypted’’ and then eradicate it. Having done this operation, plug the flash drive or USB once again. In all likelihood, it will appear in the finder, as it should.

Make Sure the Flash Drive was Plugged in Correctly

Sounds pretty odd, but this might be the main reason why nothing works. If a flash drive does not get the appropriate amount of energy, it does not react to any commands the user may try to give. Thus, the most apparent thing can turn out to be the most frequent explanation for inadequate work of the flash drives.

Reboot Your Mac

In many cases, problems with flash drives are connected to the general hardware issues. So to tackle them, restart your Mac, pressing the logo of Apple. However, you also should unplug all devices, mounted before. If after restarting, connected devices, such as flash drives, do not show up, then go to the menu item ‘’About the Mac’’ and look up for more information. There you should check the list of gadgets, plunged to the laptop. If there are no changes, shut down your Mac and restart it. While doing this, press Command plus Option plus P plus R buttons just until the screen becomes gray and the startup tune appears. Relief the buttons. Then switch to Command and Option and Esc and thus, close those applications that do not react. Chose a sleep-mode for your Mac and afterward, make the laptop awake by pressing any key. The next step is to reboot the Mac. Shut it down and then unplug the cord of power. After having waited for a quarter a minute, reattach a cord. Finally, turn on a laptop.

Check the Flash Drive

If none of the previous tips helped you to solve the problem, check the flash drive as such. It might be damaged or simply out-of-spec.

Disk Management and Disk Utility Matter

Having gone to the Disk Management, choose the disk-icon and alter Drive Letter, as well as Paths. Thus, the flash drive will show up automatically, but if it does not, check the Disk Utility, in this chapter it should be visible under the title ‘’External’’.


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