How To Read Fat32 On Mac Osx Tiger

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Toby Goodbar, Oct 14, 2006.

  1. Toby Goodbar macrumors 6502

    Sep 8, 2006
    well, still in the process of switching over to mac. got my pci usb 2.0 in, added a 160gb HD BUT....

    How do i read or prepare and internal windows98 formatted drive with my mac? i plugged it in and turned it on and it recognized the drive and said it couldn't read it. i chose "initialize" and thats as far as i got. should i have chosen ignore? what am i doing wrong????

    EDIT: its a western digital 1gb hd and has a quite a few files on it that i want to transfer. documents, music, etc...
  2. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Mac OSX can read and write to FAT32 formatted drives. If it said it couldn't read it then it's most likely the "read" permissions were incorrectly set on the drive.
  3. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    If you went through the "Initialize" process, you just wiped your hard drive.
  4. Toby Goodbar thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 8, 2006
    i hit initialize but nothing happened except disk utility opened.

    how do i change the permissions?

    EDIT: disk uitility says the write status is read/write. i reset the mac and the same message appears i chose ignore and nothing happened [guess normal?]
  5. Toby Goodbar thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 8, 2006
    well turns out the hd was bunk. cuz i hooked up the second hd from the pc and it just popped up on the screen. it was a quantum fireball HD. western digitals are usually pretty cheap but i always hear ppl have problems with them...

    anyway thanx for the help

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