target mode w/ windows?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by el_grapadora, May 21, 2006.

  1. el_grapadora macrumors newbie


    Jan 23, 2004
    Holy cow: a non-Intel Mac related question!

    I'm using an iBook G4 with Tiger, but it only has a combo drive. I need to make some very large backups, and I have a Windows computer with firewire and a DVD burner. Is it possible for the Windows comp to read my iBook as a firewire drive when the latter is in target mode?

    On a related note, anyone know of a good guide to the OSX library (which I've shied away from for a couple years)? I want to know what I should back up there.
  2. Temptation macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2006
    But an externar drive, much simpler and are not that expensive
  3. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    Not without additional software. You Mac drive is formatted in HFS+. Windows cannot read HFS+ without some additional software. I'm sure a quick Google search will sort you at.
  4. grapes911 Moderator emeritus


    Jul 28, 2003
    Citizens Bank Park
    Yes, but the windows computer will have to have software to be able to read HFS.
  5. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    AFAIK, Windows likely won't be able to read the files because your Mac is essentially an external FW drive, and the Mac format isn't going to be readable without additional software. Edit: could I type any slower? beaten by several posts...

    As far as the Library goes: Preferences and Mail are the big things, and there's not a whole lot in the System Library you can't get back if your drive fails, but I agree with the above poster: external drives are pretty cheap and much easier to use.

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