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#1 zakuman


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Posted 03 October 2017 - 07:54 PM

okay, so I have a hdd from a old mac laptop that i am trying to retrieve the files off of. the mac laptop is a big paperweight, but i have a lot of very important files on that hdd. i bought a sata cable and hooked it up to my motherboard of my new windows desktop. i can see the drive in disk management and in the bios menu when i boot the computer, but i am unable to access the files on the drive through "this computer". its like the drive isn't even there. it does not show up at all! help? i need my files back. 



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#2 britechguy


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Posted 03 October 2017 - 08:17 PM

I have no clue what file system was used by the vintage of Mac you've pulled this drive from, but that could be the root of your problem.


If it used one that is not supported by Windows you won't be able to "see" the files on the drive (or at least you won't without the addition of software that would allow it to be read).


Were I you, and if you have someone in your circle with a Mac, I'd try attaching it to that as an external drive and see if you can see the files there.  Someone here may also have a suggestion about using Linux in some way to explore the drive.

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#3 JohnC_21


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Posted 03 October 2017 - 09:03 PM

Linux can mount HFS+ drives as read only. I don't know what file system you have though. Because you have a Windows 10 computer you will need to disable SecureBoot if enabled. 


Download Mint Cinnamon. Burn the iso to a DVD and boot. Do not input anything during the boot process. Wait until you are at the Mint desktop. Attach the Mac drive and click the Computer icon on the desktop. Your Mac drive should be in the left pane. Click on it to mount the drive as read only.


There is a HFS+ driver for Windows 10 but I can't confirm if it works for you. The page states it works for Windows 10 but the paragon page only shows 8



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Posted 04 October 2017 - 11:49 AM

This programs supposedly works well, but have never tried it



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