Big troubles !

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  1. Dr. McKay macrumors 6502a

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    Next to my bootcamp install, I also partitioned my external 1.5Tb HD, one 1Tb HFS+ and 500Gb NTFS. Up till today, no problems.
    But I just restarted in OS X and can no longer access the HFS+ partition.

    Needless to say, I started to panic. A lot. Disk utility recognized the volume as MS-DOS FAT and I couldn't mount it. Restarting in Win7 took some of the panic away as I could see the contents of my hfs partition again. But how can I make that volume accessible again in OS X ?
     
  2. Huntn macrumors G5

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    I don't have good knowledge regarding HFS+. Could you repair it with Disk Utility? Is backing up the data while operating under Windows even a possibility?
     
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  4. Dr. McKay thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I tried repairing the volume with disk utility. No go. I guess my only solution, since I can only READ from HFS when in Win7 (and vice versa) is to format a second 500Gb external HD into NTFS, copy everything from the first disk over to the second one (it's less than 400Gb of data), then reformat my 1.5 Tb disk and move everything over again.

    I'm thinking of using my 500Gb disk exclusively for Windows ; it's FW400 and that doesn't always work well in Windows, but it has a USB2 interface as well. I'll partition the 1.5tb HD in OS X to HFS+ and transfer everything back again (1Tb backup partition + 500Gb Time machine).

    I had trouble ejecting the 1.5Tb disk in Win7, and I think that just turning the disk off may have been the cause of my problems.
     
  5. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

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    testdisk

    Back in the day as an Apple tech, I used it several times to recover a HFS+ partition that had been lost because of Boot Camp gone bad.

    I did it by sticking the offending hard disk into an enclosure and then using testdisk to fix it from my Mac.

    It runs in the Terminal but it's pretty much got an easy to use GUI.
     
  6. Dr. McKay thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Since it's an external HD, there's no need to put it in an enclosure, or is there ?

    I suppose you're talking about this :
    http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk

    Is it safe to use, or should I take the other route of simply copying back and forth ?
     
  7. AbblePC macrumors regular

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A5313e Safari/7534.48.3)

    Have you tried Refit?
    It's free to use and acts as an efi boot manager on macs, it allows you to choose which partition to boot to when 1st booting up your Mac.

    This is of course only if the partition in question is still bootable.
     
  8. Dr. McKay thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It's not a bootable partition, it's just an external HD with normal HFS+ partition for my OS X software backup.
     

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