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Viewing OSX laptop partition from Windows 7 desktop?

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August 18, 2013 10:03:25 AM

My MBP hard drive just recently failed. Before sending it off to WD for a new one, I plugged it into my PC and lo and behold the bootcamp partition came up and I was able to grab some files. Unfortunately, I didn't sync my dropbox/drive and some files I want are on the osx side. Is there a way I can read it from my windows 7 desktop?

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a c 87 G Storage
a b D Laptop
a b $ Windows 7
August 18, 2013 10:48:59 AM

LiberAnar said:
My MBP hard drive just recently failed. Before sending it off to WD for a new one, I plugged it into my PC and lo and behold the bootcamp partition came up and I was able to grab some files. Unfortunately, I didn't sync my dropbox/drive and some files I want are on the osx side. Is there a way I can read it from my windows 7 desktop?


Windows does not have native support for the HFS file system. However, Apple's boot camp drivers do enable read access to HFS partitions. You may be able to install them on a non-apple PC.

http://www.macbreaker.com/2012/02/access-mac-os-x-parti...
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August 18, 2013 11:23:21 AM

Pinhedd said:
LiberAnar said:
My MBP hard drive just recently failed. Before sending it off to WD for a new one, I plugged it into my PC and lo and behold the bootcamp partition came up and I was able to grab some files. Unfortunately, I didn't sync my dropbox/drive and some files I want are on the osx side. Is there a way I can read it from my windows 7 desktop?


Windows does not have native support for the HFS file system. However, Apple's boot camp drivers do enable read access to HFS partitions. You may be able to install them on a non-apple PC.


http://www.macbreaker.com/2012/02/access-mac-os-x-parti...


Thank you so much, you have no idea how much of a headache you just saved me. Once thing I am still confused about. I went to the Apple store because my mbp wasn't booting into either os, W7 even said disc read error. They said the drive is failing. But, if i can still get the files off it, how is the drive dead?

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a c 87 G Storage
a b D Laptop
a b $ Windows 7
August 18, 2013 11:28:37 AM

LiberAnar said:
Pinhedd said:
LiberAnar said:
My MBP hard drive just recently failed. Before sending it off to WD for a new one, I plugged it into my PC and lo and behold the bootcamp partition came up and I was able to grab some files. Unfortunately, I didn't sync my dropbox/drive and some files I want are on the osx side. Is there a way I can read it from my windows 7 desktop?


Windows does not have native support for the HFS file system. However, Apple's boot camp drivers do enable read access to HFS partitions. You may be able to install them on a non-apple PC.


http://www.macbreaker.com/2012/02/access-mac-os-x-parti...


Thank you so much, you have no idea how much of a headache you just saved me. Once thing I am still confused about. I went to the Apple store because my mbp wasn't booting into either os, W7 even said disc read error. They said the drive is failing. But, if i can still get the files off it, how is the drive dead?



"Disk Read Error" is pretty generic and could be caused by a lot of things, including drive failure. Without being able to look at it directly I wouldn't be able to tell you what the problem is conclusively. You may be able to take a look at the drive's S.M.A.R.T data using a utility like HDTune or Crystal Disk Info and see if it's self reporting any failures.
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