Mac hard disk

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Snazer, Dec 9, 2010.

  1. Snazer macrumors newbie

    Dec 6, 2010
    Hey guys, is it possible to recover data from a crashed Mac hard disk on a windows platform.
  2. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    sure as long as the HDD is not completely dead and unavailable.
    The easiest solution though is to try it with a Linux Live DVD. In windows you need bootcamp installed or some HFS driver from the Web. Linux reads almost anything and everything by default.
  3. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    This is barely coherent nonsense. In order to recover data, the OS must be able to read the drive. It must also have the software capable of recovering the data. The only Windows software that I am aware of that can read a Mac drive is MacDrive. Mediafour claims that MacDrive can repair Mac drives. I have no way of knowing how effective it is. Except in an emergency, I would not futz around with Windows software to recover a Mac drive. Mac utility Disk Warrior is the most effective user application for recovering Mac data. If DW can't do it, then a file recovery service is the best bet.
  4. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    Based upon these assumptions:

    - You can remove the HD from the Mac and install/attach it to a PC.

    - The HD still works in that it spins up and operates normally. In other words, it was not a mechanical crash.

    If so, then I highly recommend SpinRite by GRC. It's worked wonders for me recovering data on all types of HD formats. Plus it can condition the drive which will make it operate more effectively.
  5. Sedulous macrumors 68020


    Dec 10, 2002
    The real question is if the HD platter/head is toast or if the file system is just corrupt. If there is physical damage, then short of expensive service, there is absolutely no hope for recovery.

    If the file system/OS is simply corrupt and not bootable, you can boot the computer into target mode (hold T key during startup until you see the firewire symbol). Then you can plug your computer into another computer and copy off the files you want to save. This can be followed by various methods to try to repair the corrupt drive and/or clean wipe.

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