Solved MacBook HDD convert to Fat32 ?

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October 2, 2013 at 23:24:12
Specs: Windows 7 Home Premium, i7-720QM/4gb
I don't have any experience with Apple computers apart from networking. Now a customer has given me his wifes Macbook, his son spilt mik over the keyboard and it seeped thru onto the mainboard shorting it. Now the HD seems to be fine, i stuck it in a windows based laptop and checked for bad sectors using hiren boot cd. No sectors found, laptop reads it, smart not been tripped, and doesn't run hot. Now the customer would like the HD put in external enclosure so can access it from his PC and his wifes new macbook when she gets one. Now windows detects the drive in disk management, but doesn't give the partitions a drive letter, and i can't force it. I'm guessing the HD has been formatted in Mac OS X format or something, which windows can't read.

What i need to know is can i convert the HD to FAT32 format and not lose any files?

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October 2, 2013 at 23:32:06
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If she is getting another macbook then the last thing you want to do is format it as a Windows drive, and converting it will almost certainly trash the data, especially if it is HFS+. You really need to just leave it as it is, put it in an external enclosure and then find someone with a Mac so you can check that it is all accessible.

Edit. Here's an article that explains the differences & how you can format a drive to be readable in both OS, but note the 'format' bit - that means your data is hosed by the operation.

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October 2, 2013 at 23:38:37
I found a program called MacDrive, it allows me to access mac HD's in windows explorer. 5day free trial

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October 2, 2013 at 23:42:34
I see HFS Explorer is just like MacDrive, but free.

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October 2, 2013 at 23:43:57
Not possible I'm afraid - only Microsoft's "Convert.exe" can do anything remotely like that, but only to convert FAT32 to NTFS.

Best thing to do is connect it to a Mac which it's already formatted for, copy whatever data you can to another location. Then format it.

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