Restoring Time Machine Backup on PC

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mgs6876, Oct 21, 2013.

  1. mgs6876, Oct 21, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2013

    mgs6876 macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2011
    I am not sure where the right place to post this is but my Macbook is on it's last leg and I am hoping to restore my files on a Windows PC until I get a new computer. I have searched online and I couldn't find any real answers.

    The files on my Macbook were saved using Time Machine on a WD My Passport 1TB drive. Is it possible to use the Time Machine backup to restore my files on the PC? How would I do that?
  2. karine macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2013
    I am not the specialist, but I suppose it is enough to
    1) plug in your WD My Passport 1TB drive to the usb port of the PC.
    2) check whether it is readable. If not, install any plugin for Windows which allows you to read Mac OS Extended Journaled filesystem. There is MacDrive and other similar solutions.
    On Linux, it should be readable but not writable.
    3) Among your backups, choose the latest one and enjoy your files.
  3. MyMac1976 macrumors 6502


    Apr 14, 2013
    stop worrying over time machine and drop all you stuff onto an exfat formatted HD. Then plug your dirive into the windows machine and transfer.

    Computers generally don't go on "last legs" they function then break unless you have graphics problems your Mac probably just needs a new HD or some RAM.
  4. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    I wouldn't futz with TM. Externals are dirt cheap these day's and a cheap 2 or 3TB USB HDD will do the job easily and without the need for any cross-platform applications.

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