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Recovering hard drive data


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#1 blainehof

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Posted 19 December 2010 - 03:11 PM

My nieces Macbook crashed and the Apple store says it's the hard drive. She's having a new one installed but wants to see if any of the photos/data can be recovered.I've read and heard about software that will do this but if I try to do it on my desktop which runs Windows 7 and of course she's running one of the Apple OS's is that a problem? Am I barking up an impossible tree?

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Posted 20 December 2010 - 12:24 AM

MacDrive 8. There might be a free way to recover the data. this was from a quick Google search.

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Posted 20 December 2010 - 10:18 PM

Thanks for the tip. If what the ad says is true it sounds like it will do exactly what I'm asking

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 08:16 PM

If you have no access to another Mac.
There are some recovery utilities that ignore the hard drive's partitioning and formatting.
Often they are on a bootable Linux CD that you can download.

Your best bet would be to buy an external case or cable adapter that enables you to plug the old hard drive into the Mac.
The MacBook's old harddrive is a 2.5 inch SATA hard drive.
You can buy cables that allow you to plug the bare drive into the MacBook through USB.
http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Newer%20Technology/U2NV2SPATA/ $27
Or the Voyager that I use every week for recovery
http://eshop.macsales.com/
You can download Data Rescue 3 from Prosoft and run it. It will show you what it thinks it can recover, recover 1 file as a test, then you can purchase a license to recover the files.
TestDisk and PhotoRec are free utilities and can be found on wikipedia. Very geeky command line interface.
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Posted 23 December 2010 - 09:11 PM

To davidanders,
Thanks for the additional information. Once she has the new hard drive installed I guess we can use the Macbook and just hook the old/bad drive to it via cable or enclosure. I am heartened not only by the info you've given me but also I am always impressed and amazed at the help my fellow computer users and enthusiasts are so willing to share with me. Thanks again,
Blaine




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