Getting files out of flash

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by tuny1, Dec 21, 2011.

  1. tuny1 macrumors newbie

    Dec 21, 2011
    I'm a new Mac user, so ofcourse i make mistakes. This is what happened. I were editing Word document, that was previously saved on WinXP and stored on Flash. I did saved the file, but the one thats on Flash, not on HDD. So when i plugged it onto Windows again it asked me to format. Mac gives me "The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer".

    I believe this might have happened cus of NTFS format.
    Im using OS 10.7.2
    Would love to know if there's an way getting that file out of it. Won't care if it kills flash drive afterwards.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    Use exFAT on your Flash drive

    As long as you didn't reformat it just plug it into the last computer that could read it and copy it off the drive.

    PS XP will need a patch from Microsoft to support exFAT. If your files are less than 4GB just use FAT32.
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    If you're using Lion and saving a file to an NTFS-formatted drive, you likely have something like Paragon installed, since native Mac OS X can't write to NTFS without you enabling that capability. If that's the case, you should have no problems sharing a drive between Windows and your Mac.

    FAT32 (File Allocation Table)
    • Read/Write FAT32 from both native Windows and native Mac OS X.
      [*]Maximum file size: 4GB.
    • Maximum volume size: 2TB
    • You can use this format if you share the drive between Mac OS X and Windows computers and have no files larger than 4GB.
    NTFS (Windows NT File System)
    • Read/Write NTFS from native Windows.
    • Read only NTFS from native Mac OS X
      [*]To Read/Write/Format NTFS from Mac OS X, here are some alternatives:
      • For Mac OS X 10.4 or later (32 or 64-bit), install Paragon (approx $20) (Best Choice for Lion)
      • For 32-bit Mac OS X, install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (free) (does not work in 64-bit mode)
      • For 64-bit Snow Leopard, read this: MacFUSE for 64-bit Snow Leopard
      • Some have reported problems using Tuxera (approx $36).
      • Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard and Lion, but is not advisable, due to instability.
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support NTFS
    • Maximum file size: 16 TB
    • Maximum volume size: 256TB
    • You can use this format if you routinely share a drive with multiple Windows systems.
    HFS+ (Hierarchical File System, a.k.a. Mac OS Extended (Journaled) Don't use case-sensitive)
    • Read/Write HFS+ from native Mac OS X
    • Required for Time Machine or Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper! backups of Mac internal hard drive.
      [*]To Read/Write HFS+ from Windows, Install MacDrive
      [*]To Read HFS+ (but not Write) from Windows, Install HFSExplorer
    • Maximum file size: 8EiB
    • Maximum volume size: 8EiB
    • You can use this format if you only use the drive with Mac OS X, or use it for backups of your Mac OS X internal drive, or if you only share it with one Windows PC (with MacDrive installed on the PC)
    exFAT (FAT64)
    • Supported in Mac OS X only in 10.6.5 or later.
    • Not all Windows versions support exFAT. See disadvantages.
    • exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table)
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support exFAT
    • Maximum file size: 16 EiB
    • Maximum volume size: 64 ZiB
    • You can use this format if it is supported by all computers with which you intend to share the drive. See "disadvantages" for details.

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