Problem with external hard drive - Please help

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by yani2k8, May 31, 2010.

  1. yani2k8 macrumors member

    yani2k8

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    Hi all

    I've got a really big problem that I desperately need to sort out or else I lose all my data. It's kinda complicated so please bear with me.

    I am selling my iMac so I transferred all my data onto an external hard drive. I then plugged it into my PC because I wanted to put the data on there. However, the PC did not recognize the drive. I googled it and got the idea that I need to change the letter of the drive. So I downloaded some software that does that. Anyways, that didn't work and the drive wasn't read by the PC. I later found out that the reason behind it is the format of the drive.

    So I then tried to plug the hard drive back into my Mac and I got this message: "The disc you inserted was not readable by this computer". :(

    What have I done?? I know I definitely haven't formatted the drive so I'm hoping the data is still on it. But how do I access it? Any ideas/suggestions? Please help!


    Thanks in advance!

    Yani
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

    Hellhammer

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    Your HD is likely in HFS+ format which Windows cannot read nor write. You need HFSExplorer to read&write HFS+ in Windows
     
  3. yani2k8 thread starter macrumors member

    yani2k8

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    Thanks for your response. I just installed HFSExplorer on my PC to try and read the hard drive but it's not letting me. HFSExplorer says 'No file systems loaded'.
     

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