Read Apple hard drive -

Craig White craig at
Mon Feb 11 17:00:10 UTC 2008

On Mon, 2008-02-11 at 10:27 -0500, Bob Goodwin wrote:
> Craig White wrote:
> > On Mon, 2008-02-11 at 09:22 -0500, Bob Goodwin wrote:
> >   
> >>     I have a hard drive removed from my daughters Power Mac G4 plugged
> >>     into an F-8 computer.  fdisk sees it as /dev/sdb but that's about as
> >>     far is it goes, nothing relative to file type, etc.
> >>
> >>     Is it possible to get a directory listing or extract any data from
> >>     it in the Fedora computer.  I suspect not, but thought I would ask?
> >>     
> > ----
> > fdisk -l /dev/sdb
> >
> > will list all of the partitions and if I recall correctly, there are a
> > few partitions on an Apple HFS drive.
> >
> > One of them will be large and that's the one you will want to mount.
> > Note that in the past, if the last mount was a dirty dismount, I was
> > unable to mount it in anything but read only mode.
> >
> > Crai
> Fdisk tells me there's no valid partition table.  I removed and replaced 
> this drive because it has been erratic and the Mac shop told her it was 
> defective and it's total failure was imminent!
> I can however mount it as Ian suggests and I can display and navigate 
> through the directories.
> I did not know about hfsplus and that was the key to getting this far.  
> She still has a few files on it she would like to retrieve if possible.  
> I don't know which ones however but being able to get this far 
> encourages me.  She may be looking for image files that I might be able 
> to get to?  She is not here presently but at least I wont look like a 
> complete idiot if I ask what she needs from it.
files will almost certainly be in the Users folder...

mkdir /mnt/mac-disk
mount -t hfsplus /dev/sdb9 /mnt/mac-disk
mkdir /home/mac-disk-backup
cp -r /mnt/mac-disk/Users/* /home/mac-disk-backup
or you can be choosier if you wish...
ls -l /mnt/mac-disk/Users/* ...


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