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Connecting a PC hard drive to a Mac

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by np1985, Oct 7, 2007.

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  1. np1985

    np1985 Thread Starter

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    Ok, basically my PCs hard drive needs formatting due to a virus, but I want to try and recover some documents and files I have on there before I do that. I figured Id hook up my hard drive to my Macbook laptop using a hard drive enclosure and store the files I need on there. Just a couple of things I need to know first:

    1) Will this work? I know Macs cant write to NTFS partitions, but can they read and copy from them?

    2) What kind of enclosure do I need? My hard drives 3.5" SATA, so obviously something that can accept that. I preferably want one with a Firewire port for fast file transfer speeds. Ive looked on Ebay for one but have been slightly confused by all the options I have.

    3) Are they easy to use/setup?

    Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated :)
     
  2. Waldo_II

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    1. It should. Personally, I dual-boot Linux and Windows. Linux is able to read and copy from my Windows hard drive fine, even before I installed an NTFS writer.

    2. You shouldn't have much of a problem for getting a HD enclosure. In a few minutes of searching on NewEgg.com, I found this enclosure for $25, and it is just what you are looking for. Plus, it has good reviews.

    3. I'm not sure. Theoretically, yes. Just make sure you don't boot from it.
     
  3. np1985

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    Oh im just retrieving files from the HD is all. No boot ups or anything like that. Thanks for your help :)
     
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