Does this Mac directory tree look right?

Posted on 2016-08-12
Last Modified: 2016-08-13
I am a windows person. Don't know much about macs.

A friend has a macbook pro - 3+ years old. water spilled on it.  Took out hard drive, installed trial of Paragon HFS+ on a win 10 machine, rebooted, connected the hard drive from the mac.  

It spun up and I see a directory tree. But does this look right?  several folders have 0 bytes / no files in them? bin? cores? dev?

is that normal?

The key thing is getting their data off.  In the user folder, then the user name, pictures, I see loads of folders.  some have 1 picture, some have no pictures.  That sound right? Not sure if they deleted some pictures - does the folder remain?

Just want to know if he lost some files with the water on it. But I'd think it wouldn't spin up / all folders  / files would be gone?

Or is it an issue of using a mac drive in a windows machine, even with the Paragon HFS+ app installed?

and what's with the time stamps 12/31/1903? Does the paragon driver have problems reading apple dates?
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The directory tree looks normal. This is exactly how the directory tree for the Mac looks like. Some of the folders have 0 bytes because of the way that Mac works with the file system... For example /Dev includes devices mounted into the system, as far as the iOS is not started nothing is mounted. We can tell that these folders are like mount points/shortcuts equivalents in Windows. Furthermore, there are folders that they represent dynamic, logical or hardware compones as files... so... if the OS is not started nothing will appear there. Another case is /cores, it is empty by default, do not worry. And about /bin you should not worried because it is a binary folder where there are special permissions configured on it.

The good thing about all of these folders is that you do not need to worry about them... all that you need from the user profile is located at /Users/<username>. Exactly like you are looking for.

The structure of folders look ok, one important detail is that the mac does not care a lot about the specific folder where the information is, it usually uses other tags to classify the data that they are directly used by applications (one application for pictures, another for documents, another for movies, etc). And they usually do not follow a strict folder location like Windows does. And yes... if pictures are deleted from the Mac the folder remains.

It also makes sense, as far as you are reading the disk normally and the structure looks consistent it looks that everything is ok. Certainly a real problem with the water would not allow to read anything, and not some files wet and the rest not :P.

There is no issue reading the mac drive from Windows... however, both OSs use different file systems and there are many limitations when one reads another, and even some file systems supported for one OS are even not read at all by the other. For example, if you format one drive with NTFS5 from Windows, and you try to read it on the Mac, it works, but the Mac does not know how to write there. In the same way there are some formats that are full compatible with both systems, such as ExFAT.

About the time stamp, it looks that Windows cannot read the metadata from your files (it will also depends on the File System), and as far as it cannot show it correctly the system just returns the starting default date used by the system.

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