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by Dennis Duncan / July 21, 2012 11:39 PM PDT

1st. time user of a flash drive. My ? is...
When you add a particular file, and later the information changes on that file, do you just drag it to trash and replace it with the new version, or must you re-format the
entire flash drive and start over?

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You treat the Flash Drive as if it was a removable disk
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / July 22, 2012 3:52 AM PDT

To put stuff on it, just drag it to the icon of the Flash Drive on the desktop.
To remove stuff, drag it to the trash and empty it.

In the scenario that you described, I'm not sure if you have the original on the Mac and are copying the original onto the Flash Drive or whether the original is on the Flash Drive and you are opening the file from the Flash Drive.

If the first case, just change the original on your Mac and save it. Given that the name of the file is probably still the same, drag the original onto the icon of the Flash Drive and it will, after confirming with you, replace the out of date file with the new one.

If the second case, change the file and save it. As the file was originally on the Flash Drive, you need do nothing else.

No need to format the stick at all

Hope that helps


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Using a flash drive
by Dennis Duncan / July 23, 2012 4:17 AM PDT

THANKS P I thought as much... it is the second scenario , just remove the file and trash it
from the flash drive , replace with new version.

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If it's the second scenario,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / July 23, 2012 9:29 AM PDT
In reply to: Using a flash drive

then there is no need to trash anything.
You opened the file that was on the Flash Drive, changed it and saved it.

The file on the FD is now the up to date one.

Either way, as long as you understand what you meant, you should be good to go.


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by Dennis Duncan / July 24, 2012 1:37 AM PDT

Yes, I'm updating the files I saved to the FD while I'm updating my current OS Tiger.
Example, the bookmarks have increased since I save the hard drive info to the FD.
I'll remove the bookmarks file, trash "it" and replace it with the current one.
I have to update a few similar to that example before I place them all back in
the new OS Snow Leopard once I've updated.
THANKS again for your help P

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That'll work & you're welcome
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / July 24, 2012 2:11 AM PDT
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good luck with the install of SL


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