How to access contents of a Windows-formatted USB-drive in OSX?


macrumors regular
Original poster
Jul 11, 2014
Hello. I am wondering how to access the contents of a Windows-formatted USB-drive in OSX?

This is an old USB drive from back in my Windows days and I'd like to salvage the contents since I no longer have any PC's to access it on..

When I insert the USB drive into my MacBook Pro 8,2, I get the message:
"The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer"

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Is there any way around this? I do not want to have to reformat the USB-drive and lose all the information that's on it, but I only have a Mac now and no longer have access to a PC..

**I do not want to have to install Windows or Booty Camp or any of that nonsense either**

Any apps or ways to accomplish moving the contents off this drive? Thanks!


macrumors 68040
Feb 25, 2012
Sydney, Australia
Your Mac should be able to read all fat, exfat and ntfs drives so it's either another file system or its corrupt...

Load it on a windows machine...


macrumors Core
Feb 20, 2009

Take the USB drive to a Windows machine.

Does it mount there?

If so, copy the contents of the drive to a folder on the Windows computer.

Re-initialize the drive to "Fat 32"

Now, re-copy the contents BACK TO the drive from the temporary folder in which you saved them.

Take the drive to the Mac now.

Any difference?
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