How do I copy files from Mac on Windows Partition to Mac Partition?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by thinkpatience, Oct 11, 2013.

  1. thinkpatience macrumors member

    Jun 28, 2009

    So my mac partition crashed...

    I've tried to repair disk, fsck, reinstall OS - Everything on every list of I could find on Google, and nothing worked. :mad:

    So I have a back-up of most of my files from the prior week, but I need some other things that were left on the hard drive.

    Fortunately, when I boot up in Windows, the hard drive is fully functional and I can even drag and drop files into my windows partition. I think its worth noting that the files seem alright as I'm able to open them, and even took 1 file from windows on a FAT32 flash drive, and moved it to a mac with no problems. So I want to grab everything that I can from the Windows partition, format and re-install OS.

    I have a 500GB G-Drive, I formatted it to Fat32 and started transferring files, at absurdly slow speeds through USB 2.0, onto it (from windows).

    Now thats finally finished.

    The drive won't mount on Mac OS anymore. Any ideas?


    Any help would be greatly appreciated!


    Oh heres some system info if that helps.

    On Mac
    Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
    Format : Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
    Owners Enabled : Yes

    Format : MS-DOS (FAT32)
    Owners Enabled : No

    Windows 7 Home
    The default format... forget which one. I'll see if I can find it.
  2. MJL macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2011
    I've had this as well that Windows 8 did some silent repair and afterwards could not mount the drive in OS X. Since 8 is another iteration of 7 I suspect that under 7 the same thing might have happened.

    I normally use exFAT format to share between the two operating systems.

    If you formatted the drive under Windows then the maximum size FAT32 is 32Gb, so you if it is more than that then you would have used another (third party, non Microsoft) utility to have achieved it.

    Only thing I can think of at this stage is to see if you can mount this drive on a windows machine. If so then the best next avenue would be to find another drive and initiate that on the Mac and then copy on the windows machine from the one to the other drive.

    Don't complain about the USB speed too much, give a thought towards those of us who not that long ago had to work with USB 1 or if we copied 1 Gb (one!) across a network from one Sun Sparc to another Sun Sparc computer and that would at best take at least an hour.....

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