Tuesday, December 23, 2014

How to Format USB flash drive on MAC terminal

File transfer and sharing is common these days.  If someone is using a MAC and he needs to transfer files from his MAC to some other device or wants to copy some files to MAC, USB drive is used.  USB flash drives are very handy and easy to use.  Apple computer has a program “Disk Utility” through which you can format the USB drive on MAC easily.

Formatting a USB Flash drive in Mac OSX can be little different from formatting it in windows.  Formatting a USB flash drive in Mac OS can be done by a GUI app called Disk Utility. This tool is used in all latest versions of Apple Mac OSX including 10.9 Mavericks, 10.8, 10.7 and 10.6.
If you are using a MAC OSX and want to format your USB Flash drive then the steps are easy. There are certain steps which you need to follow.  
You need to reformat it to HFS+ (Mac OS Extended (Journal)) which allows larger file sizes.

One important thing to Note: Keep a backup of your data before beginning the format procedure.  

However, once you have formatted your USB drive and just cannot retrieve your files back then do not panic. In order to get back your precious photos, audios or videos back, the best possible solution to go for will be to download and run Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery Software.

Steps to follow for formatting the USB flash drive on Mac terminal.

1.       Since many USB flash drives are meant to be formatted by windows, so the first step required is to change the drive's formatting to the standard used by OS X (Mac OS X Extended journal). This is so because, the USB drive available in the finder section comes to be formatted as Windows NTFS drive. On This drive, OSX can only read, so we need to reformat it to read and write.
2.        Connect your USB flash drive to your MAC and go to the finder option. Here you will find the applications folder. Go to

Applications>Utilities> Disk Utility

3.       Once you are in Disk Utility application, select the USB drive name and click the erase option. The flash drive should be listed on the left side of the window. 
4.       Make sure that the format dropdown menu has “MS-DOS (FAT)”.option.
5.       Once done, last but not the least, click on the erase tab and you’ll get your USB drive formatted.

Formatting the USB flash drive on MAC by command line.

Formatting the USB flash drive can also be done  using the command line by using diskutil which is the command line interface to Disk Utility, launch Terminal, Applications/Utilities/Terminal – to see a list of your disks:

Command : diskutil eraseDisk JHFS+ myUSB disk2

diskutil eraseDisk erases the USB flash drive, formatted as JHFS+ which is the Mac OS Extended (Journaled) and is named as myUSB  and the destination disk is defined by its identifier disk2. 


Formatting is a common procedure and can be required anytime. Formatting can be used for freeing up storage space, memory card error handling, taking care of memory cards at regular interval or  erasing existing data. The above guide can help you to guide you through once you need to format your USB flash drive.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Recover Photos From Kodak Pixpro after facing error “Memory Card requires formatting” or “Memory Card Error”

Many of us face situations when we face some error message in our digital camera. The kind of error message may vary depending upon the kind of error. Just take for an example our Kodak Camera Pixpro  is throwing an error message memory card error”. After that you are unable to access any of its files.

Kodak Pixpro is a leading micro four third system . On 2014, JK Imaging Ltd., which currently hold the Kodak brand, released its first Micro Four Thirds camera, the Kotak Pixpro S1.. The Kodak Pixpro S-1 is a rangefinder-styled digital mirrorless camera announced on January 7, 2014

Kodak is one of the popular brands in the field of cameras. Even before the emergence of digital camera, Kodak was best for manufacturing cheap and best film cameras. All the files in digital cameras are stored in SD card.  But sometimes improper handling or accidental deletion can cause data loss from digital camera.

Reasons for facing error message “memory card error “or “memory card requires formatting”

      ·        Memory card is locked unintentionally
·        Memory card corruption due to improper shut down or read/write operation
·        Over usage or exceeding the memory card limit beyond its capacity
·        Improper removal of memory card while camera in in between read/write operation
·        Power failure, surges and fluctuations
·        Memory card is improperly formatted
·        Virus infection and malware

To recover lost, deleted, or formatted photos, videos, or other multimedia files from your digital camera, you can use a SD card recovery software. The software use strong scanning algorithms. There are various software available on-line available in both free and paid version. However, free software may lack few features. It is advisable to use efficient and reliable SD card recovery software.

Consider a case wherein you are using Kodak Pixpro S-1 digital camera. While accessing pictures from it's memory card, you encountered the following error:

““memory card requires formatting””

Hence, this error is prompting you to access your pictures in your digital camera.

Cause: The possible causes of encountering may be due to any of the above reasons


To fix the above error message, following solution steps are preferred:

  • Format the card.
  • Replace the card
  • If memory card is corrupt, then reformat it.

If you have a backup of the files then reformatting will erase the data and the memory card can be used further. But in case you do not have a backup, then it is best advisable to rely on a aSD card recovery software.