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Use MacDrive on Windows to read a 'dead' HFS disk Apps
If you have an unmountable/unrepairable HFS external drive, you can try using Mediafour's MacDrive running on Windows to access the data. This is my story...

My external FireWire HFS drive stopped mounting on OS X after my kid unplugged it while writing was in progress. I tried various products to restore it, including Disk Utility, DiskWarrior, DataRescue, and SystemWorks. All in vain -- even in the most advanced mode of DataRescue.

I gave up and was ready to repartition/reformat the disk for use with a Windows XP notebook, so I connected the drive to the notebook. To my surprise, MacDrive woke up and mounted the drive. MacDrive complained that the last time the drive was used it was not closed properly. Ultimately though , I was able to copy all contents I needed before reformatting the drive.
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Use MacDrive on Windows to read a 'dead' HFS disk
Authored by: simbalala on Feb 03, '06 07:25:36AM

LOL, you may have discovered one of DriveSavers most closely guarded secrets.

Send a dead drive to them, they use MacDrive and $1,000 later they send you the data.



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Use MacDrive on Windows to read a 'dead' HFS disk
Authored by: tompab on Feb 03, '06 02:49:38PM

Totally true! I had a Laptop hard disk that had totally failed. Is gave S.M.A.R.T hardware failure and motor cut with every slight movement. Our local Apple reseller and service supplier failed miserably to recover anything from it.

I placed it in an external hard disk case and tried the MacDisk (Not a typo, this is another software to read Mac disks in the PC, not as fancy but it works). This worked beautifully and I was able to recover ALL files from the disk. The motor failed a couple of times during the restore but after a couple of trials all files were saved.



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Use MacDrive on Windows to read a 'dead' HFS disk
Authored by: Craigriver on Feb 03, '06 11:42:44AM

Thanks for the recommendation. Unfortunately, in my circumstance it didn't work. And now, also unfortunately, I have a idea of what data recovery costs as well.



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Use MacDrive on Windows to read a 'dead' HFS disk
Authored by: simbalala on Feb 03, '06 12:21:22PM
I actually underquoted. I've got a USB/Firewire drive that a failing machine screwed up to the point where it won't mount. Tried all the usual stuff as mentioned in the original post so I phoned them for an estimate. They said between $1,400 and $2,400. Needless to say I decided that data was not that important to me. I'm sure other companies may charge less but I never checked.

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Use MacDrive on Windows to read a 'dead' HFS disk
Authored by: digitol on Feb 04, '06 01:18:13AM

You know this is a funny thought, but I wonder if it was "MAC DRIVE" that "CORRUPTED" your disk in the first place. Perhaps why it could read it. :)

Just a thought. -- Could this be true? Did you use MacDrive on that disk before the trouble began?




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Use MacDrive on Windows to read a 'dead' HFS disk
Authored by: Power Factor on Feb 05, '06 11:57:53PM

I'm not surprised I have recovered many problem disks for friends and myself over the years simply by trying them in different systems till I found one that would read it.

For example corrupted DOS disks used to be easily salvaged by tools on an Atari



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Use MacDrive on Windows to read a 'dead' HFS disk
Authored by: ageew on Feb 12, '06 11:20:54PM

How were you ultimately able to copy the drive contents? I have a similar situation - the drive would not mount in OSX so I bought a Firewire PCI card for my PC and lo and behold in MacDrive the contents appears. I tried to then download the files from my Mac via file sharing through the PC, but it doesn't seem to work - there are some errors although it seems to find the files. Appreciate any advice or experience. Thanks,

Bill



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