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

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    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

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    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

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

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    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

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    Program is Free (and great) - VirtualBox
     

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