How to Transfer Photos from Mac to USB

Transferring Photos from Mac to USB Drive in 5 Steps

The MacOS is entirely different from Windows. New Mac users generally have a little confuses with a new interface and how to use it.

Apple provides a lot of choices for storing, creating, and modifying your photos. But, none of them designed for copying photos directly to a USB drive.

In this tutorial, I covered a guide for iMac and MacBook. Both devices have a similar interface designed, therefore this guide could be matched with your situation.

Transfer photos from Mac to a USB drive

1. First, plug in your USB drive, USB stick, USB storage, or whatever its names to your iMac or MacBook.

Please note that some modern MacBook Pro currently has no standard USB port. Hence you have to get an additional Thunderbolt docking.

2. Once the USB drive connected, Mac should immediately detect the drive.

3. Now, on your Mac device, click on Finder icon, located at the Dock bar below the screen.

4. On the left side, click the USB drive device and leave the window open like this.

How to Transfer Photos from Mac to USB

Select photos, drag it and release on a USB drive Finder window

5. Open a new Finder window, go to file directory where photos located. Click on the photo and drag it to USB drive window.

To select multiple photos, press Shift key on your keyboard or Command key to choose multiple non-sequence photos.

Moreover, you can choose numerous photos by dragging the pointer mouse inside the Finder window. You also can use Copy-Paste feature on the right-click context menu, the same way as Windows.

Meanwhile, if the photos stored in iPhoto, you simply click File, click Export Facility and select the USB drive to copy them.

Q: Why I can’t copy any files to my USB drive?
A: It’s probably caused by the type of system. For example, the NTFS USB drive cannot write a new file from Mac. Therefore, you have to revert back the format to FAT32 or exFAT. I already mentioned the guide in this article here.

That’s it. Any feedbacks are appreciated 🙂

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