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Best USB Drivers for Mac 2018


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In this guide, we'll help you choose the best USB Drivers for Mac OS. In addition, you'll learn tips and tricks on how to retrieve data from a USB Driver.
 
When it comes to storing data, personal information, and important documents, you can never save it in an absolutely safe places. The USB drives are not only useful for storing data but are used to transport files from one location to another. So whether you want a place to keep your photo collections, the latest years’ worth of schoolwork, or all the material for a particular client, the USB drives is a good choice for you.
 
USB drives are almost completely universal devices, so you don't have to worry about which ones will or won't work with your computer unless you have the MacBook Pro, which has no USB-A slots at all! In that case, you'll need a USB-C dock or adapter connect to the MacBook Pro in order to use most flash drives. Beyond that, almost everyone can benefit from having a USB drive on hand.
 

When to format USB Drives?


You can use any USB drives on a Mac computer provided that it has been formatted. Most flash drives are preformatted by the manufacturer. If you have an old flash drive or one that was formatted to work with Windows or another operating system, you can still format your flash drive to work on a Mac. Then after formatted, you can keep any type of file on them, and file transfer, read and backup are very easy.
 
Most manufacturers use the FAT 32 or FAT volume format. These are Windows volume formats, but they can be read by Mac OS X. So if you want to use it on Mac OS X, you should directly plug it into your Mac and use it very well. However, if you plug in your drive and your Mac won't read it, you need to format the USB drives.
 

How to format USB drive?


To format a USB flash drive on a Mac, plug in the USB drive and open the "Applications" folder, the "Utilities" folder and then "Disk Utility." Your flash drive should be listed in the left menu. Select the drive, and then click "Erase." When you see the volume format types listed, choose "MS-DOS (FAT)." Some older flash drives may only have the options "FAT 16" or "FAT 32".

Warning: Formatting a flash drive erases all data currently stored on it. If you have already saved anything on the drive, back up the data before you format the flash drive. To back up your data, insert the USB drive into the computer which can read it, and copy the contents of the drive to the desktop or a folder on the computer. If you don't have a computer to read it, you need to recover the data after formatting.


How to recover data from a formatted USB drive?


We know after you formatted the USB drive, the data will be erased. But the data remains in the USB drive. the storage disk space which formatted are available for other new data to write in. So we need to recover the data on the USB drive with Bitwar Data Recovery software before the disk space is occupied by other data. And it’s better to perform unformat recovery as soon as possible in order to prevent data override.
 
Bitwar Data Recovery for Mac can be used to recover multiple types of files from different locations including the Mac platform and even external devices. Whether data lost due to deletion, or partition errors, or formatting, or virus attacks, or system failures, you can still have them back using this software with a few clicks.
 

Steps to recover data from a formatted USB drive on Mac


Download and Install Bitwar Data Recovery for Mac.

 
Download and install Bitwar Data Recovery for Mac by click download icon below for your Mac. It is compatible with OS X 10.11 and later.
 
Tips: For latest mac OS 10.13 (High Sierra) system requirements, Mac users are not allowed an access to system disk from apps. If you want to recover data from the system disk, please disable the system feature "System Integrity Protection (SIP)" , see the guide on How to Disable System Integrity Protection (SIP) in macOS High Sierra (macOS 10.13)

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Step 1: Select the formatted USB drive


Connect your formatted USB drive to the Mac and launch the Bitwar Data Recovery program. Then select the USB drive where you data lost and then click "Next".
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Step 2: Select the Scan Mode

 
Select “Formatted Recovery” and click “next”.
 
        ● Quick Scan: Recover files from accidental deletion, such as command + deleted, emptied the Trash or deleted by other software, etc. The files can be retrieved completely in condition of the files or directory structures haven’t been overwritten by other data.
        ● Formatted Recovery: Recover formatted files after performed a quick format on a partition or hard drive.
        ● Deep scan: If previous scan could not worked to find lost files, try deep scan this time. Deep scan will search every sector of hard drive to find all existing files. But the scanning process will spend more time than quick scan and will not have the original file name in the scanning results.
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Step 3: Select the file type


Select the types of file you want to restore. You can recover all types in Bitwar data recovery for mac.
If you want to recover words, select the “Document” type and click “Next”, if you want to recover all data from the formatted USB drive, you should choose “select all types” and then click "Next".
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Step 4: Preview, recover and save files


After scanning, you can filter the lost files by name or Type. Then preview them to make a selective recovery. After the decision, select the data you want and press “recover” to save them to your Mac computer.
 
Tips: Please DO NOT directly save files to the formatted USB flash drive to avoid data overwriting.
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After the four steps above, the data on the USB drive on Mac have been recovered.
 
Note: if you don’t see the target files in the result window, don’t give up. You can try the "Deep Scan" mentioned on step 2 to let the Bitwar Data Recovery for Mac tool scan your USB drive deeper to search more files out.
 

What to Consider about buying a Flash Drive for Mac?


1. Capacity

The USB drives aren't expandable, you'll want to pick one big enough to encompass your needs for quite a while. When you're storing files, space is everything.

2. Type

The classic USB-A actually has two versions- 2.0 and 3.0, whether you choose a USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 depends in part on the device you are transferring from and the port you use. If your equipment supports USB 3.0, buy that speed drive. Its transfer rate is 10 times faster than the speed of a USB 2.0 drive.
 
3. Size

Most flash drives are so big that they make it troublesome to use adjoining USB ports when plugged in. The good news is, flash drives tend to follow Moore’s law, which means that they’ve become smaller and smaller over the years.
 
The trade-off for size, though is speed. Smaller flash drives are convenient and portable, but better components usually require more physical space, and cutting size means compromising. So if you need convenience and portability, a smaller drive is fine, but if you want a powerful drive, then you may want to consider a larger size USB drive。

4. Quality
 
The quality of components dictate how well your drive will perform.
 
5. Security

Depending on your usage, you may want to buy a secure USB flash drive. This may not be necessary if you are just transferring a few files from one home computer to another, but if you are using the drive with many computers or are archiving important or proprietary data on the drives, security becomes a concern. And hardware encryption on the USB drives themselves are available to prevent malware transfer and unauthorized access.

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