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How to retrieve files from a drive needed to be re-formatted?

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No by default Windows only reads Windows Partitions. When you plug a External Drive or any Storage Device into a Windows Computer it needs a Windows Partition Type on it to be readable.

To get around this it's possible to install a piece of software that allows the Windows System to read different Partition Types. There are several of these but the most commonly used is Mac Disc

http://www.macdisk.com/mden.php

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