PC formatted hard drive pluged into imac and now showing it as empty

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by PJ.Morgan, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. PJ.Morgan macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2010
    I have a PC (yes I am sorry about that) with a 750Gb external hard drive which I use on my computer. The hard drive is full of my pc's data (pc is running windows xp). I just bought a new imac hooray ! , and plugged the hard drive into it. A message popped up saying something like, make the drive mac compatible, I said ok. But I think this has changed the hard drive header from PC style NTFS to mac. I do not think the data was wiped as this happened in like one minute. But now I cannot recover my PC data files and have a huge amount of work on there.

    So how can I recover my data ? Should I try a program like Diskwarrior on the Mac, or use a PC based program to try and recover the files ?

    Oh I should add, I could not see the external drive originallwhen I plugged itback into the pc, so I installed Macdrive and could then see it. But it shows it as empty. We can see the drive now in windows explorer, and also in Manage/storage/disk management it shows the drive as disk 1 as healthy but with file system now listed as HFSJ. Does this mean HFS file system and its drive J ?

    We are running a program called EASUS Data Recovery Wizard. It is scanning the drive and has so far found 1039107 files and a NTFS file record of 1021854. The program has only been running 6 mins. So will probably let it run and see. On the status bar it has just highlighted like 1% so I guess this may take a few days to complete ! What do you think ?

    Many Thanks for any advice offered, and yes the pc is going in the garbage once I can get my files off this external hard drive
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen

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