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I offered to take a look at a coworker's macbook drive that wouldn't boot into the OS anymore. I have it plugged into my desktop here with a USB-SATA dongle; it gets recognized and drivers get installed, but it's not showing up in Computer. Disk Management shows the drive and two partitions, but it's not being assigned a drive letter.

Ideas? Thanks!

EDIT: I should mention that I'm trying to recover the data, so formatting isn't an option.

Resolution: see posts #7+ by Lord Xeb. He's outlined everything really well.
Edited by EfemaN - 10/19/12 at 9:35pm
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boot your system to hirens bootCD, and use the recovery environment. The OS ( for the environment ) has support for the format / file system of the drive
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above is correct, windows does not support the mac drive formatting.
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Thanks, guys. I'll give this a shot tonight. Marking as resolved for now.
Edited by EfemaN - 10/19/12 at 5:09pm
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Updated OP. I have the disc up using PartedMagic from Hiren BootCD. Permissions are preventing me from copying the data; and if I select the relevant folders, right click, properties, permissions and try to apply, I get "read-only file system". Ideas?
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Perhaps using an external USB dock for the target drive on another OSX system would be more friendly with HFS+.

Try this, this demo
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This is what you need to do. You cannot copy data from a OSX volume on windows unless you have something like Paragon installed. Do not play iwth the permissions on the drive. 

 

What you need to do is 1 of 2 things.

 

A- Plug it into another mac and attempt to mount the drive 

B - Have R-Studio installed on your machine to read the drive and get the data off properly. 

 

Don't bother with partMagic. It doesn't really work to well in this situation. 

 

I work as ACMT at a local Apple repair center. I do this stuff on a daily basis (at least 3-5 times a day). 

 

If you don't have access to another Mac, grab yourself a copy of an Ubuntu 12.04 LiveCD. It has the ability to read HFS+ volumes. Use that to attempt to get the data off the drive. If you need help, contact me over Skype. 

 

 

Also, check out my link in my sig. That may be of some help to you. 


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I got him setup. Going to have the OP use an external flash drive then move everything over to an external

 
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Just doing an update to let everyone who sees this post as to what si going on. 

 

Currently have have the OP setup with a LiveUSB of Ubuntu with NTFS Configuration tool. This way he can write the data from the failing drive to his external formated in NTFS allowing his friend to access the data form a windows machine. Then once the mac is up and running again, he can simply copy the data from the NTFS drive back onto the machine. 

 

 

So far, it looks like the data is moving. 

 
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Update. So far OP has recovered 22GB. 

 
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