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Old Jan 28th, 2004, 11:36 AM   #1
 
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I bought a FW/USB2 drive thinking I could use it to transfer files between my PC at work and my Mac at home. However, when I brought it to work my computer recognized it as an unallocated volume but didn't assign it a drive letter. I assigned it a drive letter and it worked fine. However when I brought it back home my mac didn't recognize it! Luckily I had nothing super-important on it; I had to reformat it to get the mac to recognize it again. What did I do wrong? I'm running Windows 2000 at work and OSX.2 at home.
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Old Jan 28th, 2004, 11:47 AM   #2
 
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you need to format it as a FAT32 voume
the native (default) file system format for win2k is NTFS

plug the empty drive into your pc
use "run" to execute "format n:" where n is the drive letter
make the drive letter something that the PC will never use in case you add a hard drive or cd-rom or other such device

i would suggest drive letter "X"

the mac can read FAT32 volumes, but the PC cannot read mac volumes unless you buy something like "macdrive5" for the pc to let it see mac volumes

this would be an elegant way to solve your problem
we use "macdrive5" here and it works very well

you can buy the sfw. from www.mediafour.com

hope this helps
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Thanks - that sounds like a great solution. Wish I had checked here first before losing my data! Can you recommend any recovery software I might try?
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Old Jan 28th, 2004, 01:28 PM   #4
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There is no recovery from a reformat. On any platform. Data is gone, gone, gone.

Forensic recovery might work; but usually you have to be a cop or bona-fide investigator to get the hardware and software. Costs at least $500, usually more.

Or, you could send it to a drive recovery service; they will get a certain amount of the data back (no guarantees, and you pay no matter what). That option destroys the drive and costs thousands of dollars. Still interested?
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Wow, the data wasn't THAT important. I thought there might be a way to recover it because I didn't perform a low-level format (not sure if that's the right expression) wherein I wrote 0s to the drive.
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Old Jan 28th, 2004, 03:08 PM   #6
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There is no recovery from a reformat. On any platform. Data is gone, gone, gone.
Actually, some of the data is recoverable after a format - the only time it isn't is when the format is a low-level format in which you zero the data (write zero's to all the data randomly, making recovering the data next to impossible).

You could recover the data with Norton or Tech Tools; or Data Recovery (or other file recovery software).
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I recommend Data Rescue. Free Trial!
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You could recover the data with Norton or Tech Tools; or Data Recovery

Moat of these programs only work reliably when they are installed before the drive is erased though, at leas in my experience.

And regardless, the amount of data you could probably fully recover is probably not worth the time it would take to recover it.
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Hey I have an external drive too and I wonder how easily I can partition it so that OS X and Windoze both recognize it. Is there any advantage to having an HFS+ partition with a FAT32 partition, rather than just purely FAT32?
How do I partition the drive with HFS+ and FAT32?
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Just wanted to report back from my experience using Disk Rescue. I ran the software (which took about 3 hours to scan the entire drive) and it recovered at least 95% of what I had lost. Great advice, Lars! Thanks!
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