Recover HFS+ Parition in Windows?

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  1. RZetlin macrumors regular

    RZetlin

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    I have an external hard drive that is formatted with HFS+ that was attached to my Macbook.

    Unfortuntely the power supply for the external hard drive has died out.

    I was able to open and put the hard drive into my Windows XP computer.

    Windows XP detects the drive, but no drive is displayed.

    I have MacDrive installed, so I suspect the partition is corrupted.

    How can I repair the HFS+ partition in Windows XP?
     
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    Do you have MacDrive 7? If you do, you're in luck - it includes a utility designed for this very purpose.
     
  3. RZetlin thread starter macrumors regular

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    I tried it MacDrive doesn't detect the drive.
     
  4. aiterum macrumors 6502

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    i'm having this exact same problem right now
    macdrive doesn't see my external drive that is in HFSJ nor my internal OSX partition
     
  5. chscag macrumors 68000

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    Have you tried Disk Manager from XP? Usually Disk Manager will detect a disk even if it's formatted to a file system it can't recognize. You may be able to partition and format the disk that way. If not, see if you can get hold of a copy of Partition Magic (commercial software from Symantec) or you might try the free Linux utility "GParted". Both should work.

    Regards.
     
  6. aiterum macrumors 6502

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    disk manager claims that external drive is unallocated

    partition magic gives me some error about filetype, I assume that it has problems with HFSJ
     
  7. mani890913 macrumors newbie

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    i have the same kinda problem

    i had my 500gb wd drive formatted to HFS+ FILE SYSTEM on my xp os, it came as everytime i started my pc the drive always like installed like " found a generic drive" is installed and ready to use but recently it stopped saying that and now i am unable to see my macdrive partitioned 500gb drive :S i had macdrive installed that is how i read and write stuff to it but now it says unpartitioned drive :S i dont want to partition it whole again, i mean i had well worth over 400gb data on it.. please someone help needed urgent here also i tried uninstalling the drive and then restarted my pc it said installed drive but still nothing :S i cant see my macdrive in my computer...
     
  8. theBB macrumors 68020

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    There is a free Java based program called HFS Explorer, it may be able to help.
     
  9. mani890913 macrumors newbie

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    hmm, so what ur trying to say is that i use that and backup stuff from my drive and then re-partition it :( any other way :S i mean it was working a ok before wat made this go haywire all of a sudden !
     
  10. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    If you lose power on a running HD, it's likely to become corrupted.
     
  11. mani890913 macrumors newbie

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    hmm, i just hope it isn't corrupted because that 500gb held more than 400gb of data :S it says unpartitioned, lets see if the hfs explorer finds something :S
     
  12. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

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    Data Rescue and Photorec can recover the data.

    Testdisk may be able to repair the partition (if you have it on a live CD.)
     
  13. mani890913 macrumors newbie

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    ok so the problem is that the drive appears to somehow became unpartitioned :S and i dont want to partition it since its saying if u partition it all data on the drive will be erased !

    the file system before was hfs+, so what to do :( i tried hfs explorer nothing happened, gonna try testdisk my last option :(

    btw what do u mean by "if i have it on a live cd" ?
     

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