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Please help me access my FAT formatted hard drive in Win7


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#1 1010220

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Posted 19 December 2015 - 09:01 PM

Thanks for reading this!

 

I need to access data from a FAT formatted G-Tech drive on my Windows 7 machine.  Is there anyway I can somehow mount this drive and get the data without having to reformat and erase everything?

 

Thanks for your help!



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Posted 19 December 2015 - 09:09 PM

  Fat what?  FAT16, FAT32, ExtFAT?  I ask because my Windows 7 will automatically pick up, read and write FAT32 material.  FAT16 & ExtFAT will probably take 3rd-party software; or, Puppy Linux booting and copying the wanted folders and files onto external media [hopefully formatted either FAT32 or NTFS], a boot back into Windows, copying said rescued material onto your normal internal HD's data partition.

  Then, after that, consider reformatting that usb stick FAT32 [default].  And backing up your rescued material onto it.


Edited by RolandJS, 19 December 2015 - 09:10 PM.

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Posted 19 December 2015 - 09:16 PM

I went into Disk Management and checked out the drive properties.  It just says, "File system:  FAT"

 

Am I missing something?



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Posted 19 December 2015 - 09:17 PM

Windows shouldn't have problems reading fat32 files. It does that every time it reads a USB stick.

 

I am not an expert but maybe you should check your BIOS and see if the port the HDD is connected to the machine is enabled.



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Posted 19 December 2015 - 09:20 PM

I thought I mentioned that if the device in question is either FAT16 or ExtFAT, Windows 7 will not automatically read from/write to it.  If the device is FAT32, Windows 7 would have already acknowledged the device in explorer.exe.


Edited by RolandJS, 19 December 2015 - 09:21 PM.

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Posted 19 December 2015 - 09:23 PM

I'm connecting the drive via eSATA.  It successfully installed the Hitachi Driver, and I am seeing the drive in Disk Management.  So it is definitely connected.



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Posted 19 December 2015 - 09:25 PM

How do I know if it's FAT32, or FAT16?  It just says "File system:  FAT"  There's no further indication of a specific file-system that I'm aware of.



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Posted 19 December 2015 - 09:33 PM

Then, you'll have to make a Puppy Linux boot as I mentioned earlier.  Because I will be only online sporadically, trying to get music and words together for a presentation [to be given by another person] tomorrow -- I won't be able to walk you through Puppy Linux operations.


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Posted 19 December 2015 - 09:35 PM

Okay, thanks for your help.  Can you at least give me a basic idea of what that is, and where I can find more info on that?  How hard will it be to do this?



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Posted 19 December 2015 - 09:42 PM

BC guys/gals, could some of you guide this nice person to existent tutorials and/or quick-instructions for making and using a Puppy Linux?  I must get back to the music/words presentation, or, I will be figuratively burned in oil...


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Posted 19 December 2015 - 10:49 PM

You can also boot from a Hirens disk. It's free and maybe a friend could use his (her) laptop to download the program and burn it in a CD you give her (him). It has a vast array of tools. The DOS tools are quite good.



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Posted 19 December 2015 - 10:52 PM

Please note the OP has an open thread regarding using puppy linux to recover files.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/599941/please-help-me-understand-how-to-use-puppy-linux/


Edited by NickAu, 19 December 2015 - 10:56 PM.

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Posted 19 December 2015 - 11:24 PM

Lets continue this in the linked topic above, to avoid confusion for everyone. I will close this one at least for now. If the need arises for it to be reopened. The OP can PM any moderator and ask for it to be reopened.

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