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Can't read External HDD of FAT32 format in my Windows 8.1

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    Windows 8.1

    Can't read External HDD of FAT32 format in my Windows 8.1


    Hey guys,

    I have this external hard disk of 500Gb of Verbatim. Previously it was of NTFS format. Then I had converted it into Fat32 because I wanted to write stuff on it from MAC. I transferred movies, pictures, videos, songs, etc in it.

    Now, I use Windows 8.1. I connect this hard disk. I hear the sound of it getting connected. But then I can't access the hard disk. As in my laptop doesn't read the hard disk.
    I read a few posts regarding converting a hard disk from FAT32 to NTFS wiithout losing the files. But I was not sure whether I have the same problem.

    I want to transfer all the files in my hard disk to my laptop.

    Can anybody please guide me? (I'm a complete layman. Avoid jargons please :P)

    Thank You,
    Regards,
    Aishwary

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    Windows 8.1


    I went to the disk management and I can see this.Click image for larger version
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    Windows 8.1


    Disk1 is the hard disk I'm talking about. Usually there is some allocation to a drive. In this case there isn't any allocation.
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    Windows 8.1


    Another external hard disk which works completely fine in my laptop.Click image for larger version
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    Disk1 is the hard disk I'm talking about. Usually there is some allocation to a drive. In this case there isn't any allocation.
    The allocation is 465.76 GB

    Windows 8 should not have any problem reading FAT32 disk. You did not have a drive letter assigned to it so it is hidden. Connect the HD and from Disk Management, right click on the HD->Change Drive Letter and Paths... then click on Add and assign a letter for it. It should show up under This PC

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    Last edited by topgundcp; 24 Sep 2014 at 03:31.
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    Windows 8.1


    Hey topgundcp!
    Thank you so much for this. Really appreciate it.
    But, when I right click The 'change drive letter' option can't be selected.

    Also, my OS is Click image for larger versionWindows 8.1 and I've observed before that FAT32 doesn't read on Windows 8.1 whereas NTFS works perfectly fine.
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    Windows 8.1


    This hard disk is working fine on a Macbook pro. I can read and write things on it.
    When I connect it to my HP Envy with windows 8.1, it doesn't work. :/
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    Let us try using diskpart:

    1. Open Admin command prompt.Type: diskpart.
    2. Type: list volume
    3. Type: select volume # (where # is the volume number, look for the partition size of 465.76GB).
    4. Type: assign letter=F (Assign to letter F or any available Letter).
    5. Type: exit


    Below is an example:

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    Windows 8.1


    Hey, I downloaded a software called HFSExplorer. The pre requirement for this software to work was Java.
    With this software I could read and extract my files to windows. Followed the following link:

    How to access your OS X partition from Windows in Boot Camp - Simple Help

    Problem Solved.
    Topgundcp love you for all the help you provide to people like us.
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    Glad you got it sorted. So it turned out that your HD was in HFS format, not FAT32.
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