Disk Utility on a PC (XP) hard drive?

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  1. Moof1904 macrumors 65816

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    I have a crappy PC running XP and the hard drive is acting strangely. Can Disk Utility perform repairs on this drive if I remove it from the PC and attach it to the Mac?

    I ask because I have no disk repair utilities for the PC.
     
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I don't think so. That disk is most likely NTFS, right? You can get read-write NTFS in user space support via MacFUSE, but there's no native support for NTFS, and as such, no ability for Disk Utility to tell you much more than whether or not the disk is SMART verified.
     
  3. patrick0brien macrumors 68040

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    -Moof1904

    You can, but it's goofy.

    Back it up. Use Disk Utility to wipe it (Write zeros to it), reformat it back to NTFS in Windows, and return your backup.
     
  4. Moof1904 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Sigh.

    There may be no backing it up. It has started clicking and the PC now fails to boot, demanding a system disk.

    I think the drive is toast.
     
  5. patrick0brien macrumors 68040

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    Yep. That sounds like deaddage.

    See if you can boot from another drive and at least attempt scavenging.
     
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