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USB flash drive disconnects from Mac after a few minutes

I have multiple huge mp4 movie files on a removable USB flash drive. The drive appears when I plug it into one of the ports. I can open and view files. After a few minutes, the drive vanishes from the iMac's screen, and the file typically ends up stopping QuickTime Player from playing. It happens sporadically. I was able to view a few minutes of video last night and fast forward, rewind, and stop it. This morning, when attempting to move data to the iCloud for storage, a notice stating that the "drive has disappeared" appeared on the screen and everything halted. Thank you, Captain Obvious! Well, gee!

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iBoysoft author Amanda Wong

Amanda Wong

Answered on Monday, February 19, 2024

It is strange and annoying the USB flash drive suddenly disconnects from your Mac after you connect it a few minutes later. And it is very risky because the sudden disconnection could damage your drive data. 

USB devices disconnecting on Mac could be caused by a loose connection, defective USB port or cable, insufficient power supply, disk errors, disk overheating, third-party software intervention, etc. There are some possible solutions you can try to fix the USB flash drive disappearing from the Mac after a few minutes:

  • Restart your Mac and reconnect the USB drive. 
  • Check the USB port, USB cable, and USB hub.
  • Supply sufficient power.
  • Remove unnecessary peripherals.
  • Reset the SMC and NVRAM.
  • Update disk driver and macOS.
  • Boot into Safe Mode.
  • Repair the USB drive via Disk Utility First Aid.

If any data loss on the USB flash drive, try iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac to save your files!


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