Recovering PC data off WD Home backup...

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by murraythekitten, Mar 23, 2008.

  1. murraythekitten macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2008
    I need some help... my father has a PC, and a WD My Book Home Edition. He's been using the WD software to do regular backups of his windows PC (photos, music, and documents). He's been thinking of switching to a new iMac, and it looks like this will be the time that it will finally happen, as his PC up and ate itself today. My question is this: can he plug his old MyBook into the new iMac when it arrives, and read the data directly off of it, or does Western Digital use some kind of proprietary archive format that will make it hard to recover his data from it? Cheers!
  2. nrscase macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2008
    Any Update

    Were you able to do this? I need to do the same myself and I figured as a last resort I could recover to a PC and then transfer manually.
  3. toolbox macrumors 68020


    Oct 6, 2007
    Australia (WA)
    Yes i believe the mac will read the disk if it is formatted with the fat32 file system. I am not sure about NTFS though, You can plug it in and see if the mac detects it. You won't break it from just plugging it in.

    Windows Xp uses either FAT32 or NTFS for it's file system

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