1.    1 Week Ago #1
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    Trying to recover Some Files From a MacBook harddrive through Windows


    I got a client with their Mac OS screwing up on them with this sort of "Whiting out" of the MacBook screen past login and I'm trying to recover these internal files locked away from the Apple OS format. HFS can detect the recovery, but not the main disk of 222.22 GB of storage that's just locked away there, unable to be labeled or opened for as far as I can tell. What do I do to read this Hard drive? It's not an external one either, it's straight from a mac laptop.
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  2.    1 Week Ago #2
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    Quote Originally Posted by SotoPrior View Post
    I got a client with their Mac OS screwing up on them with this sort of "Whiting out" of the MacBook screen past login and I'm trying to recover these internal files locked away from the Apple OS format. HFS can detect the recovery, but not the main disk of 222.22 GB of storage that's just locked away there, unable to be labeled or opened for as far as I can tell. What do I do to read this Hard drive? It's not an external one either, it's straight from a mac laptop.
    A Linux Distro booted from a thumb?
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  3.    1 Week Ago #3
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    What version of Mac OS? Is the user partition encrypted? If so, you're out of luck. Otherwise Windows isn't the right tool for the job. If you have only PC hardware available for this, Linux is your best bet, as suggested above. Plus, you really need to know what you are doing, of course.
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  4.    1 Week Ago #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by f14tomcat View Post
    A Linux Distro booted from a thumb?
    As in which Linux? A link to an ISO download to read the Mac Disk And Extract it's files would be nice. I've been looking and practically staring at this Disk that contains the literal files I need for my client for a while now, and it would appear none of these programs I've tried for reading "Mac Formatted" drives work.
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  5.    1 Week Ago #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by SotoPrior View Post
    As in which Linux? A link to an ISO download to read the Mac Disk And Extract it's files would be nice. I've been looking and practically staring at this Disk that contains the literal files I need for my client for a while now, and it would appear none of these programs I've tried for reading "Mac Formatted" drives work.
    Ubuntu seems to be the most common bootable Linux for a Mac. Take a look here:

    https://business.tutsplus.com/tutori...s-x--cms-21253
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  6.    1 Week Ago #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pirx View Post
    What version of Mac OS? Is the user partition encrypted? If so, you're out of luck. Otherwise Windows isn't the right tool for the job. If you have only PC hardware available for this, Linux is your best bet, as suggested above. Plus, you really need to know what you are doing, of course.
    Right. According to my Client, "Sierra" would be the Mac OS installed with no Encryption, and my coworker who works a lot with Linux was unable supposedly to really do anything with the files, in regards to reading them. (I hadn't watched what he had done.) Luckily enough I'm familiar enough to ensure the files do not get formatted over. Perhaps, Maybe, I can attempt to install a Mac OS into one of my windows towers in order to attempt to access these files from the source OS. As I had accessed the recovery files without a hitch, surely somehow I can do the same with the rest.
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  7.    1 Week Ago #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by SotoPrior View Post
    Right. According to my Client, "Sierra" would be the Mac OS installed with no Encryption, and my coworker who works a lot with Linux was unable supposedly to really do anything with the files, in regards to reading them. (I hadn't watched what he had done.) Luckily enough I'm familiar enough to ensure the files do not get formatted over. Perhaps, Maybe, I can attempt to install a Mac OS into one of my windows towers in order to attempt to access these files from the source OS. As I had accessed the recovery files without a hitch, surely somehow I can do the same with the rest.
    You could physically connect that drive to one of your towers with Mac OS installed? That may be your safest route. Wish I new more about MAC OS, but not.
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