backing up a windows hard drive....

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by bigben334, Aug 6, 2006.

  1. bigben334 macrumors regular

    Apr 30, 2005
    my brother's windows laptop all of a sudden doesn't boot up....i think if i recover his computer it will fix the problem but he doesn't want to lose all of his files, therefore i need to back up his harddrive...i though about connecting our 2 laptops (i have a macbook) and backing up his hard drive onto mine, but i dont know how to do that...i think its possible...i HOPE its if somebody please tell me how to do this i would be very grateful...thanks in advance
  2. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030


    Apr 14, 2006
    Clemson, SC
    better idea: buy an external USB enclosure (you can get a cheap one for around $20), remove his hard drive, put it in the enclosure, connect the enclosure to your MB, pull off any data if the hard drive is still readable, and there ya go. then you'd have all of his data and can do whatever you want with the hard drive (ie: format and reinstall windows).

    side note: if the HD is the REASON windows won't boot, then this may or may not work.. like if the HD is physically damaged somehow (but then again, neither would connecting the two laptops).
  3. wako macrumors 65816

    Jun 6, 2005
    Even Better Idea: Buy this adapter

    I always have these things handy because a good enclosure costs alot and requires more work. For a failing system that wont boot and just need to pull some data off, this should be sufficiently fine and is definitely the cheaper route (unless you want a really ghetto enclosure). I love mine. :)

    One problem to this whole equation is that sometimes mac have trouble reading data from NTFS partition, so you might have to back it up to a Windows system.

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