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Okay team.. I really need your help... I'm trying to do someone a favour and am having problems... I'm a pc guy but really want to help this person out as I have a big karmic debt to them..

Their Mac notebook hdd failed (bad bearings) however I have it up and running, and readable by transmac on the pc...

But it has data errors and I'm trying to recover their digital photos but transmac falls over whenever it gets a bad file and I have to manually copy them to a pc drive. With 10K+ photos I can't do this manually. We can skip failed files, we just want whatever we can recover..

Usually I use r-studio for data recovery, but it wont read hfs disks, I'm in a pickle and really need some advice on which software alternative I have to recover data while I have the drive running... I really dont want to restart as I have the drive running with ice bags on it to stop it overheating.
    
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*EEK* Thats really bad... Sounds like you're on a PC so this might work. http://www.dataviz.com/products/macopener/ Hope it helps!
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Just at a quick look it appears the same as transmac - lets me open a hdd & copy but doesn't handle errors... but thanks and ++ for the quick reply.. will have a deep read on the website anyway.

I really want to help this person, they have sone something wonderful for me and it was just part of their job, so I'm doing a favour for nix for them..
    
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Hmm.. I'll keep lookin! You could get the data recovered by a professional "open up your HD and put it in another enclosure" place but thats expensive.
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Actually, any chance you can get your hands on another mac? You might also try linux. Create a FAT32 partition that linux can write to and copy the files off the mac drive.
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If your PC has a firewire port, then get a male to male 6 pin firewire connector. Connect the two machines. Then boot up the laptop and hold "T" at the same time. This will make the mac basically, a big firewire hard drive. Drag all the files you can get off the hard drive and take it to an AUTHORIZED RETAILER/ REPAIR SHOP. Do NOT take it to a 3rd party shop, they usually screw it up (if its a powerbook or ibook, then there are 100+ screws to get to the hard drives).

BTW: I have a LOT of experience with macs
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Beautifil thinking... I have a live linux cd (Backtrack however)
the hdd just went noisy and stopped... man It made a bad noise but It did that once earlier.. and after another ice pack started up again..

So linux mounts hfs? well if it can skip faluty files and carry on you have done me a great favour mate!

It's an 80 gig toshiba drive...
    
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Toshibas are bad! My toshiba failed in my notebook also. Chances are linux can skip faulty files and the fileformat mac uses is actually an extension of some sun format if I remember correctly called HFS so i think it could do it.
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reberto - no I don't have the mac and the drive wouldn't let the mac boot.. needed coaxing with a horozontal "shunt" to getr it spinning up right...

Interesting to know firewire mac mass storage... very cool!

Have been quoted over $1k $NZD for forensic recovery which I can do myself with a pc drive... I've just never tried mac before...

I'll now reboot and try my linux live cd!
    
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Found this also: http://www.mediafour.com/products/macdrive6//
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