Will Dyson on Tue, 30 Sep 2003 22:25:19 -0400

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Re: [PLUG] Apple MAC recovery

On Tue, 2003-09-30 at 21:24, Jesse Huestis wrote:
> Hi All:
> I have a client with a MAC OS 10.x and they have seriously crashed. 
>  Normally, I would take the hard drive and put it in a Linux or Evil 
> empire computer and recover the data they needed.  Has anyone taken a 
> MAC drive  and put it successfully into a Linux box and been able to 
> recover data?

OS X computers use the HFS+ filesystem. A linux kernel driver for that
filesystem exists and is part of the current 2.4 kernels. The old HFS
driver will not work with these new filesystems.

The debian package hfsplus contains userspace tools for accessing HFS+

If the filesystem itself is badly corrupted, you probably won't have
much luck with either of those tools. In that case, your best bet would
be to make a sector copy of the filesystem with dd (in case of screwups)
and then attempt to repair it on another mac using apple's disk repair
or Norton (I heard a rumor there was a better HFS repair util than
Norton, but I don't know what it might be).

Will Dyson
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