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Windows 7: External HDD WIN7 Formatted XP can't read it...

13 Oct 2009   #1

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External HDD WIN7 Formatted XP can't read it...


Please accept my appologies if this is a known and solved issue that I haven't found yet.

I formatted my Western Digital 500GB My Book with Windows 7 RC and copied all my data across my network from my mac's external HDD. I'm sure I formatted it in NTFS and not the new Windows7 FAT32 replacement.

I needed to acces the files at work so brought the My Book into work.
I can't get my work XP laptop to see the partitions on the My Book -- it sees them in Disk Manager as Healthy (Unknown Partition) :-(

My work Vista64 machine sees similar in Disk Manager too.

I tried to find solutions on the web but only found people having problems reading XP formatted on Windows7.

Any help or links to solved similar problem gratefully accepted.

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13 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 10 Pro (x64)

Is the drive accessible on the windows 7 machine still?
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 External HDD WIN7 Formatted XP can't read it...

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