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Data recovery from a PC formatted Ext HD, only have a Mac


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JonSevastra

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So I have an older WD My Book 1TB Ext HD. (USB2.0, FireWire400, eSata connections) I used it when I had a PC. Last time I turned it on was about 4 or 5 years ago, then I switched to Apple. It worked fine then. I recently found it and believe there may be data I'd like to retrieve. I'm not sure how to do it. I don't have a windows computer. I tried plugging it into my MacBook Pro but nothing happened.(it turned on, but the Mac didn't recognize it.) So I can't tell if it's because it was formatted for a PC or if the drive is actually malfunctioning. What's the next best course of action to problem solve this?

 

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Jon


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Hi JonSevastra, and welcome to our forums.

 

:welcome:

 

An easy way to check out the external hard drive might be to try it on a Windows PC that is known to be fully operational.

Perhaps you could ask a chum to help?

Regards

paws


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Amazingly, I don't know anyone who has a PC. Are there any services or stores that help with issues like this?


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iammykyl

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Gday.

Phone your local PC shop and ask if they would test the external drive to see if it is working, if yes, try the following.

Have you taken these steps, > http://techfrag.com/...-how-to-fix-it/

If you still can't get to the Data, try using a Linux Live USB, Mac version available, I use Puppy as it it very small and easy to use, download it from inside Unibootin.

 

 

 

 

Data recovery services are available, but horrendously expensive


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Gday.

Been a while since we heard from you.   Did you manage to retrieve your Data?   An update would be appreciated.

 

Thanks.


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