Importing Data from External Case. Need instructions!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by taj1114, Dec 6, 2010.

  1. taj1114 macrumors newbie

    Dec 6, 2010
    I'm very new to my MAC. I currently have a 2.5" SATA External Case that has my data from my old HP Laptop. I need to import my photos onto my MAC. I plugged the CASE in - the HP RECOVERY Icon appears own my Desktop. Now what?? Can someone pls give me step by step instructions on how to import my photos from the case? Thanks in advance!
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Navigate to wherever your photos are on your old disk (double click the icon to open it) then drag the photos to a new folder on your Desktop.
  3. bmcgonag macrumors 65816


    Mar 20, 2007
    Unfortunately the HP_Recovery partition is not the one with your data. The HP_Recovery partition is where the original setup for your HP is stored, in case you ever needed to Restore the laptop to factory conditions.

    There should have been a 2nd Volume that mounted, but if not, then open disk utility

    Applications>>Utilities>>Disk Utility

    In the left pane, look for the HP_Recovery partition to be listed, and see if there is a 2nd partition under or above it that is greyed out. If so, right click on it (CTRL+click if no right click is available) and select Mount from the option menu.

    See if the Volume mounts to the desktop now. You should be able to Read from the Volume (I imagine it's NTFS) but won't be able to write to it without 3rd party software.

    The Recovery Partition probably automounted because they are usually formatted in Fat32 (A DOS format that Mac can read and write to).

    Hope this helps,

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