Can't see FAT32 external drive

Discussion in 'macOS' started by michael1366, Jan 26, 2017.

  1. michael1366 macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2017
    I have a MacBook Air running Sierra. I've just plugged in an old 16GB external hard drive (FAT32) via USB. MacOS won't see it at all. I've tried running Disk Utility and even that doesn't see the drive. But plugging it in to a Windows laptop, it works fine (it was originally used with a Windows PC). So it's not the USB cable or the drive. Any ideas on how I can connect to the drive on my Mac? Thanks.
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    I'd suggest copy the data off through your Windows computer, reformat the drive as exFAT in your Mac, then copy the data back using your Windows computer. It's a bit of a pain but that should do the trick.

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