Need to access Time Machine backup on Windows computer

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by LowBattery, May 15, 2014.

  1. LowBattery macrumors newbie

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    Hello!

    Recently my Macbook's LCD panel went kaput. As a good little Mac user, I've used Time Machine regularly. Unfortunately, at this time I can not afford to repair the panel (quoted price >$500), but I have very important files on it.

    Is there a way to convert my Time Machine backup to a format that can be read by a Windows machine?

    I've asked my friends, neighbors, and random strangers if I can either borrow their Mac or a plug-and-play monitor in order to drag and drop the files on the original hard drive, but so far have no takers.

    Can anyone offer help?

    Thanks so much!
     
  2. I'm a ROb macrumors member

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    Hi,

    What city are you in? Perhaps a Macrumors member nearby can help you out.

    Is it just the LCD that is broken? Then you could still connect to your mac over a network connection (assuming it's already enabled). You might also have a chance with connecting over ssh, but that requires some terminal/bash experience.

    Your time machine most like is HFS+ formatted. There are windows tools available that would read HFS+. A quick search on the web gave me http://hfsplus.codeplex.com and http://www.mediafour.com/products/macdrive. I have NO experience with either of them and I'm sure there are more of these programs.

    Good luck!
     
  3. LowBattery thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I am near Buffalo, NY. That would be wonderful, but I won't hold my breath. :)

    I don't know if it's enabled. Can I do that through my wifi router? (I'm not especially tech-savvy.)

    I will google this.

    Thanks! I will look at those links. :)
     
  4. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000

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    Even if there was , IMO you'd be crazy to risk your data to such a conversion process. As said, use an App on Windows that allows you to read Mac formatted drives.
     
  5. Yakibomb macrumors 6502

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    Install the bootcamp drivers onto your windows PC (http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1720), this should let you view the files :)
    I might be wrong but this worked for me a few years back when I was in a similar situation.
     
  6. glenthompson macrumors 68000

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    Why not add an external monitor to your MBP? You can find them dirt cheap on Craigslist or in thrift shops. I've seen plenty for less than $40. Just use it like a desktop and copy your files off to a fat32 drive so you can read it on any system.
     
  7. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000

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    Best suggestion so far by a mile. Or borrow a monitor if you can.
     
  8. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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    Use MacDrive, there's a free 5-day trial if you just want to grab some files & copy them over from the backup to your Windows box.
     

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