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    Data recovery on MAC HDD?
    Hey guys, I am not familiar with MAC's, I am a pc tech, friend of mine asked me to recover data from his hdd, my research on the net on this shows:

    You see the only difference between a "Mac hard drive" and a "Windows PC hard drive" is the file system. A "Mac hard drive" is formatted using HFS or HFS+ while a "Windows PC hard drive" is either FAT or NTFS. The physical hard drive, the actual hardware, is the exact same and will work on a Mac and Windows PC both. A "Mac hard drive" will work just fine on a Windows PC (after a little work).

    but's it's those words in bold that I am questioning, normally I would attach a HDD to my main pc as a slave and access the drive's info then copy it to my unit's drive, can I do the same with the MAC drive too please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikehende View Post
    Hey guys, I am not familiar with MAC's, I am a pc tech, friend of mine asked me to recover data from his hdd, my research on the net on this shows:

    You see the only difference between a "Mac hard drive" and a "Windows PC hard drive" is the file system. A "Mac hard drive" is formatted using HFS or HFS+ while a "Windows PC hard drive" is either FAT or NTFS. The physical hard drive, the actual hardware, is the exact same and will work on a Mac and Windows PC both. A "Mac hard drive" will work just fine on a Windows PC (after a little work).

    but's it's those words in bold that I am questioning, normally I would attach a HDD to my main pc as a slave and access the drive's info then copy it to my unit's drive, can I do the same with the MAC drive too please?
    You can, but you need a driver to enable your PC to read/write the Mac HDD. If you do a Forum search you will probably find reference to one. I remember seeing a reccomendation recently but my brain hasn't absorbed my coffee yet and I no longer use any Windows machines at home so haven't needed the software.
    If I remember or find it I will post back the name.

    EDIT: Found it. This is the package that some of our members reccomend.

    http://www.mediafour.com/products/macdrive/
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    Would this work?

    You bought a “Mac hard drive” but you are a Windows user; how to make it work on Windows? | Tips 'n Tricks | dotTech

    See, I am not sure about the instructions here which I think is telling me how to format the drive for pc use so it will wipe the drive clean which not what I want?

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    Or is this the driver you mean?

    NTFS (Windows NT File System)

    Read/Write NTFS from native Windows.
    Read only NTFS from native Mac OS X
    To Read/Write/Format NTFS from Mac OS X: Install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (free)
    Some have reported problems using Tuxera (approx 33USD).
    Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard, but is not advisable, due to instability.
    AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support NTFS
    Maximum file size: 16 TB
    Maximum volume size: 256TB

    taken from this thread?

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1088460

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikehende View Post
    Or is this the driver you mean?

    NTFS (Windows NT File System)

    Read/Write NTFS from native Windows.
    Read only NTFS from native Mac OS X
    To Read/Write/Format NTFS from Mac OS X: Install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (free)
    Some have reported problems using Tuxera (approx 33USD).
    Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard, but is not advisable, due to instability.
    AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support NTFS
    Maximum file size: 16 TB
    Maximum volume size: 256TB

    taken from this thread?

    Windows driver for reading Apple file system? - MacRumors Forums
    I added a link to my original post for a software driver for your PC.
    But here it is again.
    Mediafour - MacDrive 9 Standard and Pro |
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikehende View Post
    Would this work?

    You bought a “Mac hard drive” but you are a Windows user; how to make it work on Windows? | Tips 'n Tricks | dotTech

    See, I am not sure about the instructions here which I think is telling me how to format the drive for pc use so it will wipe the drive clean which not what I want?
    This would work on a healthy disk, but would destroy all of the existing data.
    I've always wanted to be smart, handsome and modest. But, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with two out of three . . .

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    ok, thanks, will try the free trial.

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