Retrieving data from a MAC harddrive


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Old 01-22-17, 07:08 AM
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Retrieving data from a MAC harddrive

I'm asking for a friend. I know nothing about a MAC machine.
Apparently his hard drive is trashed. He is looking for a inexpensive method to try and retrieve the info or data off the drive.

Using adapter cables (of which I have several) can a MAC harddrive be copied to another IDE or SATA drive (assuming we can get the drive to spin and able to see the contents) using a PC? Then take that copied data and in turn put it back to a MAC computer?

His alternative is to send it to a company that specializes in data retrieval, but that's expensive and he can't afford it.
 
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Old 01-22-17, 09:36 AM
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It is possible to run some flavors of Linux on a Mac. Whether they could see and copy Mac files I don't know but if they could you could use a Linux live CD/USB to copy the files. That is only a suggestion on a path to explore. I know nothing about Linux on a Mac.
 
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Google 'view HFS on windows'
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Old 01-22-17, 10:49 AM
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Never done it - but it looks like you need a third party app.

How to Read a Mac-Formatted Drive on a Windows PC
 
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Old 01-29-17, 04:17 PM
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Was your friend using Time Machine? If so, restore from there. done.
If not, place the Mac HD in an external HDD enclosure. Connect it to a different Mac.
Copy the files to the 2nd mac
 
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Connect it to a different Mac.
He wanted to view the files in windows.
 
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You should be able to see jpeg photos.
 
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Old 01-29-17, 06:25 PM
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Apparently my friend tried everything available to him including most of the suggestions from here. It's now a decision to spend the money on a professional 3rd party to retrieve information. Most of which I understand are photos.
 
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Have you tried it connected to a Mac. PC probably will not read an Mac HD
 
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Old 01-29-17, 07:55 PM
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If the hard drive is trashed and does not operate, the only thing that can be done is to send it someplace where they will remove the platters and retrieve the data that way.

Otherwise if the drive will spin, and read, you could just clone the drive like one would do when installing a new drive. Seagate, Western Digital, and Maxtor all have cloning programs available.
 
 

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