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Use Disk Utility to repair FAT32 formatted disks Apps
The title pretty much says it! You can use Disk Utilty in Panther to repair MS-DOS (FAT32) formatted disks.
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Use Disk Utility to repair FAT32 formatted disks
Authored by: greck on Sep 13, '04 01:26:39PM
...and do it when nothing else will. After several days of trying to recover 250 GB of irreplaceable data with Windows (only briefly) and Linux, I mounted the disk in a 1394 enclosure and was able to to lift an image off and salvage 100% of the data with my PowerBook.

Now I don't even bother with Windows and Linux tools... just a WiebeTech ComboDock and my Mac.

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Use Disk Utility to repair FAT32 formatted disks
Authored by: kray on Sep 13, '04 04:10:11PM

I specifically use their product and personally love it. I'm starting to look for a ribbon "extension" (m/F) type cable as I think it would be easier/quicker to plug in drives (my only complaint -- bent a pin on one drive). It's too easy to mount Windows boxes to harvest data for migration (my use of it :).

I also found the cheapest method for long term storage: hard drives. Go buy a couple of 80G drives and archive data as necessary for quick/easy access. Duplicate for redundancy as usual. :)



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Use Disk Utility to repair FAT32 formatted disks
Authored by: cawaker on Sep 13, '04 01:33:20PM

I stumbled upon this a few weeks ago when tryin to repair/restore my brothers PC formatted first gen iPod. It was quite the shock and extremely useful. It helped save the ipod.



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Use Disk Utility to repair FAT32 formatted disks
Authored by: digitol on Sep 13, '04 11:51:44PM

Yes, The apple disk repair does do an excellent job, and FASTER too! hahahaha, Nice work Apple! :)



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Use Disk Utility to repair FAT32 formatted disks
Authored by: BrentT on Sep 14, '04 08:21:58AM

This capabillity is also good for Flash drives. By having a USB Flash drive formatted to FAT 32 you can use it in either Mac OS X or Windows 2000 or XP without drivers. Great for file transfers between platforms.



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Can't repair disks with bad sectors, though
Authored by: tempel on Jun 05, '08 05:25:23AM
I have a FAT32 formatted disk that has a few bad sectors in a directory. When trying to verify or repair this disk, Disk Utility stops because of the read error, with the following message in its Log:
Unable to read directory (Input/output error)
The tool should offer an option to ignore read errors. Other tools do that, too, e.g. dosfsck for Linux.

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