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Mac formated drive (GPT Protective Partition) on Windows XP - possible to read?

Hi,
A staff member brought in a USB hard drive from home to transfer some files. However he uses a Mac at home so I'm assuming it must be formated in some Mac specific format as when plugged into his Windows XP office PC it cannot recognise the drive.

Well that is, it does not give it a drive letter, and under Disk Manager it just says
Disk 1 - Healthy (GPT Protective Partition)

What can we do so that we can read the data onto the PC?

Thanks in advance.
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Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software EngineerCommented:
The simplest solution is to reformat the drive on the PC using the FAT32 file system.  Then give it back to the Mac person, and tell him to export the files to the drive which is now formatted FAT32.

I suggest this for three reasons:

a) The standard for USB flash drives is FAT32,
b) Macs can export to FAT drives much easier than a PC can deal with a Macintosh file structure
c) The same problem is going to come up again on somebody else's PC, and they may not, and should not, have to deal with it.
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Pro_Commented:
Get the user to copy information off the drive at home. Then get them to reformat the drive using disk utility as FAT32/NTFS and also make sure they select MBR under partition schemes (still will not read otherwise). They can then copy the data back to the drive and use on Windows and Mac.

Make sure you use a copy process and not move when moving the data around to avoid any loss.

There are also alternative options e.g. http://www.mediafour.com/ but I would just reformat the drive.

Let us know how you get on.

Thanks
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afflik1923Author Commented:
OK thanks. Client needs data on drive today and there is no Mac in the office, only PC. So hopefully there is a cheapish solution that will allow reading data of the drive.

So if there is a good particular recomendation for this circumstance, let me know.

Thanks again.
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Get a copy of this tool: http://www.paragon-software.com/home/hfs-windows/release.html
Paragon HFS+ for Windows.
Install it - connect the drive - copy out the data. Works like a charm, I do use it myself.
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justadadCommented:
I have used the HFS+ Explorer before.  It is free.  It is read only which would work for what you are doing. Basically it is a Windows App and which I think runs in user mode instead of kernel mode but for what you are doing that would be fine.

http://hem.bredband.net/catacombae/hfsx.html
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coredatarecoveryCommented:
macdrive 8 is a fantastic suite that let's you open and use mac formated hfs, hfs+ etc drives.

I'd just install that in windows.
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afflik1923Author Commented:
Thanks. In the end did not have to deal with it. But all input was welcome and contributed.
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