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FAT32 External HDD formated with Mac OS not mountable on a Windows machine

FAT32 External HDD formated with Mac OS not mountable on a Windows machine

I have an external HDD that I formated in FAT32 using Mac OS X. I don't know how but it's unmountable in a Windows XP machine running SP3. The HDD size is 500Gb and it contains a single partition. Is there a way to make it mountable on a Windows machine without formatting it again?

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Guest [Entry]

"when you create FAT32 partitions with a GUID partition scheme, XP cannot read the drive, requires MBR.

on a Mac click on the disk in disk utility and see what it shows under ""Partition Map Scheme"".

it is not possible to change from GUID to MBR without setting up the drive again, on a MAC with the correct option or on a Windows computer via disk management. either way, all data on the drive will be overwritten."
Guest [Entry]

iPartition from Coriolis can change the Partition Map Scheme from Apple Partition Map to MBR. At the time of this answer there were no free tools available.