not sure where to ask: view laptop pc hard drive on macbook pro

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by blcouch, Jan 6, 2011.

  1. blcouch macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2011
    first time listener, first time caller. i've had my macbook pro since april '10. it replaced a compaq presario v5000. i pulled the compaq's hard drive and installed it in an sata enclosure. it there any way to get my itunes, photos, etc off of this drive? i can see folders but can't open them on my mac. i found info that said to copy the files to mac, reformat drive, replace files to drive and presto! that didnt work as directed. is there a program that costs less than virtualPC that i can put on my macbook to read my pc laptop drive? thanks in advance.
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Do you know what the drive is formatted as? You can probably install something like NTFS-3G or MacFUSE to get the data off.
  3. blcouch thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2011
    i think the main part is ntfs and the partitioned part is fat32. something like that.
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    FAT32 (File Allocation Table)
    • Read/Write FAT32 from both native Windows and native Mac OS X.
    • Maximum file size: 4GB.
    • Maximum volume size: 2TB
    NTFS (Windows NT File System)
    • Read/Write NTFS from native Windows.
    • Read only NTFS from native Mac OS X
    • To Read/Write/Format NTFS from Mac OS X: Install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (free)
    • Some have reported problems using Tuxera (approx 33USD).
    • Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard, but is not advisable, due to instability.
    • Maximum file size: 16 TB
    • Maximum volume size: 256TB
    HFS+ (Hierarchical File System, a.k.a. Mac OS Extended)
    • Read/Write HFS+ from native Mac OS X
    • Required for Time Machine or Carbon Copy Cloner backups of Mac internal hard drive.
    • To Read/Write HFS+ from Windows, Install MacDrive
    • To Read HFS+ (but not Write) from Windows, Install HFSExplorer
    • Maximum file size: 8EiB
    • Maximum volume size: 8EiB
    exFAT (FAT64)
    • Supported in Mac OS X only in 10.6.5 or later.
    • exFAT partitions created with OS X 10.6.5 are inaccessible from Windows 7
    • Not all Windows versions support exFAT. See disadvantages.
    • exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table)
    • Maximum file size: 16 EiB
    • Maximum volume size: 64 ZiB
  5. bmcgonag macrumors 65816


    Mar 20, 2007
    Program is Free (and great) - VirtualBox

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