have an mac formated external drive with all my music. got a new computer windows box, but drive does not read. Works fine with a mac, how can transfer my music

My mac broke and found a great sony vaio to replace, love it. wow freedom again, but my music was backed up to an external that only works with mac computers. how can i transfer the information to another external or to my windows laptop
Avi LeibzonAsked:
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I would recommend getting a second external drive formatted in windows, plug both into a mac laptop and transfer them over. Or if there is space on the Mac transfer them from the usb drive to the computer, format the usb drive in windows and transfer them back.
Swamish NaikExpertCommented:
You can boot your MAC with Windows buit for that you have to check out the given link below that will guide you through the procedure of the same. These link have the same problem as of yours. So try these and see the working of it. Thank you



try this

Eoin OSullivanConsultantCommented:
You can install programs on Windows and it will allow you to read OSX formatted drives (HFS format)

HFS Windows - http://www.paragon-software.com/home/hfs-windows/
MacDrive - http://www.mediafour.com/products/macdrive

There is also this older utility for read/copy from HFS drives - http://www.catacombae.org/hfsx.html
Not sure if it works well in Windows 7 as it is a few years old now.

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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
If you buy a copy of Paragon's HFS for Windows product [http://www.paragon-software.com/home/hfs-windows/requirements.html ] you'll be able to read your Mac-formatted drive with no problem.

If the issue isn't the format of the drive, but the interface, then you most likely have a firewire external drive and don't have a firewire port on your Vaio.    This is easy to fix with a simple add-in card => but exactly what you'll need depends on the configuration of your Vaio.   If this is the issue, post the model # of your new PC and we can help you.

Download and install MacDrive 9 standard on your Windows PC.  I think its a 5 day free trial:  http://www.mediafour.com/products/macdrive
Of course, once you have your data onto your PC, you will be able to format it for PC.
Avi LeibzonAuthor Commented:
problem when i plug in the device to my windows 7 box usb is not recognized. its wd external my book do i need to load drivers for it?
Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
No, there are no drivers required.    Try a different USB port and/or a different cable.   Also, be sure the power cable is securely plugged in.

Eoin OSullivanConsultantCommented:
What software did you install to read OSX formatted drives?
Avi LeibzonAuthor Commented:
needed a new usb cable and the paragon software worked great, thanks for the heads up.
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