Archive for April, 2010

2D Dock on the Bottom

Default Mac OS X (10.5, 10.6, 10.6.2, 10.6.3) uses 3D dock on the bottom. When you change its position to right or left it becomes 2D but the bottom dock is 3D. So, if you want to use 2D dock on the bottom, open terminal and type the following command;

$ defaults write no-glass -boolean YES; killall Dock

to get back to 3D dock, open terminal again and type the following command;

$ defaults write no-glass -boolean NO; killall Dock

Flash Drive Showing 200MB on Windows

Well, I have 4GB USB Stick and decided to format as FAT32 using Disk Utility to use this flash disk both on Mac & Windows. Everything works fine on Mac, but not on Windows. When I insert the flash drive on a Windows computer, Windows (XP, Vista..etc) sees the USB Stick as removable media and will not let me open the flash drive to view the contents, it only forces me to format the stick at 200MB only. The stick is already formatted on Mac OS X and working fine on OS X with correct size.
Why ? When you format your flash drive using Disk Utility, it creates a 200 MB protective partition in front of the main partition. OS X ignores this partition and will see the entire flash drive as one partition.
You need to reformat the flash drive using additional tools. There are plenty of them like GParted (Gnome Partition Edior). But if you want a quick solution without any trouble, I recommend you HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool. This small application runs on Windows and all kinds of flash drives. When you format your flash drive using these utilities, you can use your stick on multiple platforms without any problem.