Windows Reader For Mac Usb

3 min readJun 24, 2021


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Have you ever saved an important file onto a flash drive or external hard drive on a Mac and then were unable to open it on a Windows machine?

Or copied files onto your Windows external drive that you couldn’t edit on your Mac?

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The problem lies in the way in which the drive was formatted. By default, Windows devices use the NTFS file system. Modern Macs can read but not write to NTFS-formatted devices. By default, the Mac uses the HFS+ (or “Mac OS Extended”) file system. Windows machines, by default, cannot read HFS+ drives. Both Macs and Windows devices can read and write to drives formatted in the FAT file system, but FAT32 (the latest version of FAT) only allows for a maximum of 2 GB of data — enough for flash drives, perhaps, but no longer sufficient for most hard drive uses.

So, what can you do? Install software that recognizes the “foreign” drives.

An excellent list of tools you can use is found on

In particular, I’ve had good experience with both MacDrive ($49.99, 5-day free trial) and HFSExplorer (freeware).

Tags: cross-platform, macintosh, os, windows

Hi Deepak,

Welcome to Microsoft Community. Your interest in Windows 10 is much appreciated.

Do you get any error code or error message? If yes, what is the complete error message?

Let’s follow the methods provided below and check if it helps.

Method 1: Run the Hardware troubleshooter and check.

Follow the steps to run the troubleshooter:

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  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Type Troubleshooting in search and click Troubleshooting.
  3. Now type Hardware Troubleshooter in the search option.
  4. Click on Hardware troubleshooter to run the troubleshooter.

Method 2: Install latest drivers for the USB device and check.

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Download the Windows 10/Windows 8 drivers from the Manufacturer’s website and install them in compatibility mode.

  1. Right click on the driver setup file and select “Properties”.
  2. Select “Compatibility” Tab.
  3. Make a check mark next to Run this program in “Compatibility mode” and select previous version of Windows supported by the software, from the drop down list.
  4. Then click on “Apply” and “Ok” option.
  5. Then install the driver.
  6. Then restart your computer and check how it works.

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Method 3: Install optional updates and check.

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At the Start screen, type Windows Update. Click on “Check for Updates” on the top left corner to receive a fresh list of updates.

Method 4: Update the chipset drivers

Visit the manufacturer’s link and select the appropriate model number of your device and download the chipset drivers and install it.

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Keep us posted if you face any issues on windows in future. We will be glad to help you.

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