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Old 07-24-2017, 11:53 PM   #1
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I was transferring a bunch of files onto my USB key on my iMac when suddenly, the computer screen blipped and all the existing files on my USB disappeared. Only 3 files were left and their names were all funny and unrecognizable. When I took out the USB and replugged it back in, the computer couldn't detect it.

Can someone help me? Does that mean there was a bug on my iMac that got transferred into the USB key? I need to recover the files on my USB. Is that still possible? Any recommendations?

I tried plugging it into my laptop but it doesn't read it either. Can anyone help me? It would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 07-25-2017, 02:02 AM   #2
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I just went through a horror story installing a new HP printer on an iMac that did not have the latest OS update (Sierra, V 10.12.5) It and another issue with USB drive recognition was resolved by upgrading to the latest OS version.

The OS version specified in your profile indicates you are using V 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard). This was also the version that suddenly would NOT recognize the Time Machine drive, and also a newly installed HP printer.

Try that and see if it resolves your issue.

Hopefully there is no "damage" to your flash drive which is permanent.

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