Will my Apple Back Up (at least partially) restore onto a PC?

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  1. Woodster540 macrumors newbie

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    I'm a student, wrote-off my MB P in a liquid spillage incident...
    So....
    I am in the regrettable situation that I may need to settle for a cheap windows as not really worth getting an ancient Mac.
    I had backed up my Mac just before said accident via time machine, but will this restore onto a windows machine?

    Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.
    I will be sorry if I am forced to leave the mac world...:eek:
     
  2. bobr1952 macrumors 68020

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    How did you back it up? If Time Machine, I don't think there is any Windows software that can do anything with a Time Machine image. If it is a backup where you can access the actual files, you can bring them over to a PC but that depends on how the backup is formatted--FAT32--no problem--if MAC OS Extended--well then you will need to get software on your PC that can read that format. I'm sure others can offer more lengthily suggestions.
     
  3. Geckotek macrumors G3

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  4. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    If you have access to another MBP (or Mac in general, but it's best to restore to a similar device), you could use an external drive and your TM backup to restore your files to the external, then either plug in another external formatted as FAT and copy over, or buy software to recognize the drive on a Windows laptop.

    In other words, your files aren't lost, but recovering them might take a little effort, and it'll be much easier if you can borrow a Mac.

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    Much better advice than mine.
     
  5. Geckotek macrumors G3

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    Not 100% it will work since I've never done it, but worth a try.
     
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  7. cocacolakid macrumors 65816

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    MacDrive should work. OP won't be able to "restore" the Time Machine backup, but they could view the files to move anything off of it. Apps of course are not going to work on a PC, but if you only need the documents/music/movies that will work.
     
  8. Geckotek macrumors G3

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    My thoughts exactly.
     
  9. cocacolakid macrumors 65816

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    http://www.mediafour.com/products/macdrive

    MacDrive has a free trial, if I recall there are no limits on it other than time (i.e. expires in 1 week or 30 days, etc.), so if the OP only needs to access files once they don't even need to buy it.
     

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