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I have an external disk drive of 2TB with two partitions, one NTFS and another with FAT32 format.

The NTFS partition is automatically mounted when i plug the device using Paragon NTFS but I don't know how to mount the FAT32 partition.

Can someone help me with this? This is what diskutil list shows on terminal

More info: Here is what windows shows on Disk Management when i plug the external disk Windows screenshot

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  • What do you get when you issue the command gpt show -l /dev/disk1
    – Allan
    Nov 8, 2016 at 18:37
  • I get: gpt show: /dev/disk1: Suspicious MBR at sector 0 gpt show: error: bogus map gpt show: unable to open device '/dev/disk1': Undefined error: 0
    – Phoenix_uy
    Nov 8, 2016 at 18:39
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    I have a feeling (meaning I can't test my theory at present) that your Paragon software is causing the issue. Do you have another Mac you can try to mount this drive on? Or, as a solution, can you copy all the data (in Windows) to two separate folders, reformat as MBR/FAT32 and then copy everything back?
    – Allan
    Nov 8, 2016 at 18:55

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mkdir /fat_mount
# create area to mount FAT partition
mount -t msdos /dev/diskXXX /fat_mount

^ Thats how to mount fat drives/partitions in Mac OS, also useful for single user mode recovery. Note I think some versions may ship with "mount_msdos" as opposed to using "mount -t msdos" but I haven't used enough to say for sure.

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  • That /fat_mount directory will be created on root directory?
    – Phoenix_uy
    Nov 8, 2016 at 18:35
  • Also.. what's /dev/diskXXX will be? according to diskutil list results i mean
    – Phoenix_uy
    Nov 8, 2016 at 18:37
  • /fat_mount is an empty directory on root, its just where your disk will be mounted (and accesed) , acording do your output it would be /dev/disks1s3 (I guess if you wanted to mount the FAT parition of XBOXGAMES. (or try /dev/disks1s2) Although your diskutil screendump and GUI screen dump show conflicting information.
    – crooksey
    Nov 8, 2016 at 18:43
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    i got the result mount_msdos: /dev/disk1s3: No such file or directory
    – Phoenix_uy
    Nov 8, 2016 at 18:45
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    according to your screenshots your should be using /dev/disk1s4
    – bomben
    Feb 3, 2017 at 17:26
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Try "diskutil mount /dev/disk1s2" in terminal (without quotes) and it should mount that drive for you.

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  • That is the NTFS disk, not the fat32 one
    – Phoenix_uy
    Nov 8, 2016 at 18:04
  • Can you connect the drive without using Paragon, and run diskutil list again and post the results? Nov 8, 2016 at 18:05
  • It shows the same... i have uploaded a screenshot from windows to show that the fat32 partition is there.
    – Phoenix_uy
    Nov 8, 2016 at 18:27
  • When you have the NTFS partition mounted, does it report the same size as what you see in windows, or does it report a 2TB size? Nov 8, 2016 at 18:59
  • It reports 2TB size
    – Phoenix_uy
    Nov 8, 2016 at 19:00
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FAT16 and FAT32 partitions are mounted automatically. I have the same issue with Paragon NTFS driver installed. Although on another Mac without Paragon it get mounted automatically.

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  • I don't have Paragon NTFS installed. It also does not mount automatically.
    – aeroxy
    Aug 9, 2022 at 13:22

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