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Mac Hard Drive Data Recovery

A friend gave me a hard drive that came out of her Apple desktop computer and I only have PC's. I have programs that save data from corrupt PC drives all the time. It is a 500 GB WD SATA drive and spins up fine. I booted Puppy Linux and only see a small 200 mb partition that is vFat - not even sure what that is. Anybody have any advice on how I can help or does this need to go to a shop that can deal with the Mac OS x side. The Apple store could not help her, so I don't know what they already tried or if they made matters worse.
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DavidCommented:
If you build a custom linux kernel, then you can load drivers for the HFS Plus file system used by OS X.
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KPAYNE123Author Commented:
Sounds good but is there something out there that I can download to bootable CD rather than reinvinting the wheel so to speak!
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Or install MacDrive in Windows then connect the drive either in a USB enclosure or as a slave.
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KPAYNE123Author Commented:
I will try MacDrive right now - did not know such a thing exsisted!
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mccrickCommented:
Yikes,

I highly recommend using a Mac and Mac based recovery program such as DataRescue.

I would not trust a PC recovery program to make any changes to a Mac drives. All of your attempts from the PC side should be limited to read only.
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DavidCommented:
You asked for advice on what to use, got it, said thanks in #35724147, and didn't award points?!! Surely this was an oversite.
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KPAYNE123Author Commented:
Thanks to MASQUERAID I almost tried to give myself credit on that one!!
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KPAYNE123Author Commented:
To Clarify - Points did go to MASQUERAID I had mistakenly clicked my own response for the accepted Solution. Thanks to all who posted suggestions!
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