Repartition ext-hdd without losing data?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by equalme, Feb 21, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2012
    So I have a problem I just couldn't figure out.

    I am trying to read some data off a old external hdd that was off my windows pc on my MB Air running 10.8. The drive is formatted to exfat, and is holding close to 450gb of data. Whatever reason my Air is not able to read the drive enough though it shows up under disk utility. I've read it could be due to the cluster size when it was initially partitioned.

    None the less, I can access the hdd using a windows pc, but not with osx. Since it is 450gb, I don't have a way to store all that data onto a windows pc to do a fresh format/partition.

    Is any solution to this problem?

  2. macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    Turn on File Sharing on the Windows box and connect the Mac to it. Then copy over the files.
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2012
    Can't store all the files onto the mac either since I only have 128gb ssd.
  4. macrumors P6


    Jan 23, 2005
    You are going to have to copy that data off the external somehow to reformat and fix this. How about a second external drive and just use the Windows machine to copy from one external to another?
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 14, 2007
    A backup would be nice to have either way, right? Get another drive ;)
  6. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2012
    The files aren't that "stuff" backup isn't really a necessity.

    None the less I fixed it!

    Forgot I had used bitlocker a while back to secure the drive. I ended up purchasing Parallels and Windows 8 Enterprise and then decrypted the drive. The drive was NTFS format, not sure why OSX was showing it as exfat. But I can now access the drive again!

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