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Recovering things from Sister's Mac HD?

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Her Macbook's HDD is dying and I was wondering why I am having such a hard time getting a look inside the HDD from my computer. It doesn't even show up and any troubleshooting steps I try don't help. The drive spins up but you can here a couple clicks in the beginning. Any ideas how to get to any data?
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If it doesn't show up in the BIOS then there is not much you can do. Time to fire up the old level 4 clean room or else call up Drive Savers.
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Call me crazy, but I've done this more than once.

Pop the drive in the freezer. As it's chilling, think of what you need the most.

20 min later, make the transfer as quickly as possible.
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I will do that, but not before I call you crazy...
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Put the drive in a sealed bag before you pop in into the freezer.
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I know I couldnt open a mac drive within windows. Had to load linux to see it.
    
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post #7 of 9
The computer you're trying to access it from is PC running windows correct?

Mac uses GUID partition table rather than master boot record for the boot volume so you can't boot it natively on a PC, and they use HFS file system rather rather than FAT or NTFS.

To access a Mac formated HFS volume you need a program like HFSExplorer which will give you read only access. There is also a program called MacDrive that is not free but has a 5 day trial and provides read/write access.

For linux there is a driver called HFS+ that allows you to access it.

Also there is another comercial solution for windows http://www.paragon-software.com/home/hfs-windows/

If the drive still has some life in it that should be all you need; if it's completely dead the freezer/ fridge trick may help
Edited by veritas-truth - 5/9/11 at 6:36pm
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you need something like macdrive to open mac partitions in windows

edit : ninja'd :/
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post #9 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by boogschd View Post
you need something like macdrive to open mac partitions in windows

edit : ninja'd :/
Already mentioned it. Also a free solution that provides read only access is HFSExplorer as I already mentioned
Edited by veritas-truth - 5/9/11 at 8:44pm
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