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

Discussion in 'macOS' started by lip5016, Oct 10, 2014.

  1. lip5016 macrumors regular

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    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!
     
  2. SlCKB0Y macrumors 68040

    SlCKB0Y

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    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...
     
  3. Fishrrman macrumors G4

    Fishrrman

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    Suggestion:

    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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