Firewire Hard Drive - Not Readable

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  1. coconn06 macrumors regular

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    Hello,

    I recently reformatted my firewire hard drive to MS-DOS format so I could transfer some files to a PC, manipulate them with a PC-only application, and transfer them back to my Mac.

    The PC could read and write to the hard drive just fine, but unfortunately when I brought the hard drive back to my PowerMac, it would not mount the drive. The error message I got was the following:

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    Any ideas how I can get access to the files on my hard drive?

    Thanks
     
  2. eva01 macrumors 601

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    by reformatting it to FAT32, i don't think Mac can read MS-DOS format but i may be wrong
     
  3. coconn06 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I reformatted it to MS-DOS on my Mac via Disk Utility and afterward I was able to transfer the files to it. So this tells me Mac OS X is able to read MS-DOS formatted disks.
     
  4. ManchesterTrix macrumors 6502

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    Mac can read/write FAT32 and can read NTFS. Is the Drive still readable by your PC?
     
  5. eva01 macrumors 601

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    well then thats weird. I have no idea, maybe the PC did something to it.
     
  6. coconn06 thread starter macrumors regular

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    The PC is not at my apartment, but since nothing changed since last night when I used it with the PC and this morning, I can assume it's still readable by the PC.
     
  7. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    Use the PC to back up the contents, then use the PC to format the drive.

    FWIW, MS-DOS in Disk Utility = FAT32 - so you didn't do anything wrong here.
     
  8. eva01 macrumors 601

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    well you learn something new everyday
     
  9. Mernak macrumors 6502

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    similer thing happened on a flash drive that i formatted in MS-DOS, execpt that it just wouldn't mount on the desktop, and i couldn't get files on or off the drive. alson i got no warning. i just reformatted it via disk utility. but i lost all data. In your case i would try to backup the data on the PC and use the PC to reformat in in FAT32.
     

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