Time Machine Backup - Can I get my files back with Windows?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Robg54, Mar 20, 2010.

  1. Robg54 macrumors member

    Jan 27, 2008
    My macbook pro was stolen a few days ago. I plan on getting a replacement in the near future, but I don't think the current macbook pros are worth it at their prices... I don't know when an update is coming (like everyone else). I may have jumped the gun and bought a windows laptop if all my files weren't saved via time machine.

    Is there anyway to get my stuff off time machine and onto windows short of buying a second mac and restoring to and then transfering off to windows laptop?
  2. macgrl macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2008
    That is a great question. I have often wondered if I would be able to access files that are backed up from my mbp to my tc from my pc. If my mbp broke or was stolen in the immediate aftermath I would only have access to a pc.:)
  3. BobZune macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2007
    There is no easy way to do this (not saying it is impossible). You need a "Time Machine Aware" reader -- since TM is OS X (10.5 and later) only, your best bet is to borrow a properly equipped Mac.

    [This is another case for a "Bootable" backup - which can be browsed with a mswin machine with MacDrive software installed.]

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