Accessing Time Machine from a PC

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by hankie915, Feb 27, 2010.

  1. hankie915 macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys.

    Hoped some of you could help me to get some more clarity on this issue.
    My mac harddrive completely died however i stored all the backup on my TM external harddrive.
    The situation is that i only have a PC for now and how can i access my files on my Time Machine backup harddrive through my PC ?

    This would really help me alot.

    Thanks,

    //Hankie
     
  2. toolbox macrumors 68020

    toolbox

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    Um i don't believe that is possible - Windows machines can not open DMG's or the time machine sparse bundle image and if the hdd is formatted specially to be used on a mac the HFS file system again the windows machine will not read it.

    However, you can try having a look at MacDrive. That might offer you the option to browse it. I believe there is a trial period but still should give you the time to get your info out.
     
  3. dolphin842 macrumors 65816

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    You can use the free HFS Explorer to get at the files on your Time Machine drive. The interface leaves much to be desired, but short of a commercial program like MacDrive, it's as good as it gets.
     
  4. hankie915 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks guys it helped, however why can i only se 70% of the content?
    The backup drive is a full 500 GB but my PC only recognize 350 GB ?

    //Hankie
     
  5. toolbox macrumors 68020

    toolbox

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    Oh nice tip thanks
     
  6. Cool Runnings macrumors regular

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    hmm... perhaps the backup/sparsebundle is 350 GB and the program only can se that? You don't need to see/use the free space anyway....
     

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