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bk T
25-09-2012, 09:17 PM
My friend has got a broken Macbook and he has removed the HDD from the broken machine as he's got lots of photos in it. He thinks that the HDD should still be in good working condition.

Question: Can he connect that HDD to his new PC (arriving in the next couple of days) with Windows 7 OS and retrieve those photos? Or it has to be connected to another Mac machine?

Speedy Gonzales
25-09-2012, 09:25 PM
I think you'll need 3rd party software to read a mac hdd. Since windows cant read hfs. You could try this (http://www.catacombae.org/hfsx.html)

But you cant write to the mac hdd. Only read. You would have to install something like Macdrive (http://www.mediafour.com/products/macdrive), to read and write to the mac hdd. But its not free

icow
25-09-2012, 09:29 PM
The formatting on the drive is different so you will need software to read it or use another computer that is running mac.

bk T
25-09-2012, 10:00 PM
I think you'll need 3rd party software to read a mac hdd. Since windows cant read hfs. You could try this (http://www.catacombae.org/hfsx.html)

But you cant write to the mac hdd. Only read. You would have to install something like Macdrive (http://www.mediafour.com/products/macdrive), to read and write to the mac hdd. But its not free

Is it possible to copy those photos and put them in Windows' HDD?

Speedy Gonzales
25-09-2012, 10:14 PM
Try it you'll soon find out, it may work, just as long as you dont write to the mac hdd, with the first link I posted. Unless you want to buy macdrive, then it should read and write

bk T
25-09-2012, 11:11 PM
Just downloaded HFS Explorer but doesn't seem to be compatible with Win7 x64 system. Unfortunately, MacDrive is not free.

How about Linux? Can linux read the Mac files and copy them?

Anyway, even if I managed to copy out the photos from macbook drive, can Windows open those photos?

fred_fish
26-09-2012, 12:07 AM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HFS%2B#Other_operating_systems


Something here may help.

icow
26-09-2012, 12:10 AM
Linux probably won't be able to read the drive because the format (Mac OS extended?) is Apple specific.

Yorick
26-09-2012, 07:59 AM
Linux will read HFS IIRC but it's flaky or it may be the write that's flaky, get a linux live cd, hook the HD up to the new box, run the live cd and see if it will mount the drive. If it doesn't recognise the file system it'll simply refuse to mount it.

Cheers

nedkelly
26-09-2012, 09:26 AM
There are apps out there but as you said they are not free, I use HFS for Windows from Paragon, I have no issues with it.
Hmm where in Auckland are you?

tmrafi
26-09-2012, 09:51 AM
Use Disk Internals Linux Reader for Windows (http://www.diskinternals.com/linux-reader/). It can read ext2/3/4, ReiserFS, UFS2 and HFS even though it is called "Linux Reader".
I have used HFS Explorer on Win7 x64. Works fine if you install the right JVM.

bk T
26-09-2012, 09:59 AM
Use Disk Internals Linux Reader for Windows (http://www.diskinternals.com/linux-reader/). It can read ext2/3/4, ReiserFS, UFS2 and HFS even though it is called "Linux Reader".
I have used HFS Explorer on Win7 x64. Works fine if you install the right JVM.
HFS Explorer just won't install - tried on a XP laptop, without joy. Where did you download it from? I downloaded from the link by Speedy.

tmrafi
26-09-2012, 10:06 AM
HFS Explorer just won't install - tried on a XP laptop, without joy. Where did you download it from? I downloaded from the link by Speedy.
Get the ZIP version, you do not have to install. Just extract the zip and run. As it is written in Java, you need the JVM installed for it to work.

mikebartnz
26-09-2012, 11:31 AM
Try a Linux live cd.