Avatar of BeGentleWithMe-INeedHelp
BeGentleWithMe-INeedHelp
Flag for United States of America asked on

Getting data off the bare drive of a mac HFS formatted hard drive

Helping a friend with this - they have a mac with WD external 'for mac' USB hard drive.  The mini ubs connector got wrecked 'somehow' and I thought it would be a cinch to take the bare drive out, connect it to a USB to SATA adapter I have and copy data to a new USB hard drive they have.

I started with a windows PC with several different HFS drivers installed / uninstalled.  Connecting the new 'for mac' hard drive in the windows PC, it sees 2 partitions - a 'cd drive' partition with apps, instructions, etc. and another HFS formatted empty hard drive.  so the hfs drivers would appear to work (I uninstalled / installed new drivers over the last few days seeing if 1 was better than another.  and I have 2 different USB / SATA adapters and tried them also).

Through all that, the win PC saw that old bare drive as an unknown partition.  I connected the drive to a Mac and got 'this drive is unrecognizable' message and chose ignore, NOT initialize.

I tried several windows apps trying to get data back, including RAISE, which is specific for HFS?  at best they found some files, likely the ones that would be on the CD drive part of the drive.

I then connected the drive to a mac and ran the trial of data rescue 3.  Same thing - just a few files, not the hundreds of mp3s that should be on there.

I want to try diskwarrior on the mac, but there doesn't seem to be a trial?!

Any thoughts on what else to try? Frustrating that the drive spins, no clunking, data rescue testing shows the drive is OK physically, but no data from any of these apps : (
Mac OS XStorage HardwareStorage Software

Avatar of undefined
Last Comment
BeGentleWithMe-INeedHelp

8/22/2022 - Mon
David

Try a professional recovery, but it is probably too late for you.  It would have been mounted read/write and your efforts only destroyed data.

Had you made a image copy onto a scratch drive or partition first, and worked with the clone and booted the Mac off the recovery CD then you could have used the native apple tools to safely put that data on another disk, or a drive on the network.  

At this point only a pro with a binary editor and expensive software that has no free trials is the only way to go.

If data is worth $500+ then consider getting a free estimate from somebody who knows what they are doing.  Otherwise, reformat and move on.
SOLUTION
noxcho

Log in or sign up to see answer
Become an EE member today7-DAY FREE TRIAL
Members can start a 7-Day Free trial then enjoy unlimited access to the platform
Sign up - Free for 7 days
or
Learn why we charge membership fees
We get it - no one likes a content blocker. Take one extra minute and find out why we block content.
Not exactly the question you had in mind?
Sign up for an EE membership and get your own personalized solution. With an EE membership, you can ask unlimited troubleshooting, research, or opinion questions.
ask a question
BeGentleWithMe-INeedHelp

ASKER
nox: No encryption that I know about.  music was on it.  2 partitions I would think - the Utiliity partition that would show up  as a CD and then the HFS partition, like on the new hard drive.

found this:  http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1372324

I guy's WD external hard drive's USB connector broke and all the data was lost.
noxcho

Ok what is the size of the drive? And which drivers did you use specifically?
Experts Exchange has (a) saved my job multiple times, (b) saved me hours, days, and even weeks of work, and often (c) makes me look like a superhero! This place is MAGIC!
Walt Forbes
BeGentleWithMe-INeedHelp

ASKER
it's a 2 gb drive.  and now we're on the mac using drive warrior 4.4.

it calls this an unknown drive
'directory cannot be rebuilt, the size of this standard disk is unsupported.
SOLUTION
Log in to continue reading
Log In
Sign up - Free for 7 days
Get an unlimited membership to EE for less than $4 a week.
Unlimited question asking, solutions, articles and more.
BeGentleWithMe-INeedHelp

ASKER
brand / model - it's a roswill unit.  I have another usb-sata that the physical drive isn't seen at all.  this one at least sees the drive.  I only have mac laptops.  even with imacs - can you add a 2nd sata drive? Everything is so compact.
ASKER CERTIFIED SOLUTION
Log in to continue reading
Log In
Sign up - Free for 7 days
Get an unlimited membership to EE for less than $4 a week.
Unlimited question asking, solutions, articles and more.
noxcho

2TB or 2GB? I doubt you want to pay for music recovery. Have you tired Paragon HFS for Windows to get access to the drive in Windows and connecting the drive directly to motherboard sata connector?
Get an unlimited membership to EE for less than $4 a week.
Unlimited question asking, solutions, articles and more.
BeGentleWithMe-INeedHelp

ASKER
2TB sorry! yes, tried hfs, installed it right into a windows pc on a sata cable, still no luck.

I just envision someone else coming along with something and getting it to work.  A mac with sata cable so the usb / sata adapter is out of the equation.

I took apart a USB 3 my book essentials I had to get to the internal usb / sata adapter.  using that one, the mac said its an unrecognised drive, I chose ignore, then no apps saw the physical drive at all.