Data transfer from WD Hard Drive to Mac

August 18, 2010 at 21:21:01
Specs: Macintosh
Trying to recover some data from my old hard drive (WD Caviar 2420) onto my Mac. Used a Bytecc 2.0 Drive Mate Adapter to try and transfer data. WD hard drive is spinning, but my Mac is not recognizing this drive when I connect by USB using this Bytecc adapter. Any thoughts?

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#1
August 18, 2010 at 22:04:34
Was the 420 meg drive previousliy connected to a mac or PC? If PC you probably can't do it. The 420 will be a fat (fat16) partition and the mac is something like an HFS partition--one can't see the other.

But if it is possible and you don't get an answer in this forum, try the mac forum.

Now that's what I call a sticky situation


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#2
August 19, 2010 at 06:23:33
The WD 2420 hard drive was in a desktop PC. So how can I recover the data on this in the easiest cheapest way to transfer to my Mac? Can I find a PC to connect to then transfer data I want to save (photos, documents) to CD-ROM or flashdrive and move it that way? I don't need a clone of the the whole hard drive, just select data. I read elsewhere that Mac OS can recognize/support a hard drive configured in FAT32 but not FAT16. I'm not sure how this old hard drive is set up. Any way around this?

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#3
August 19, 2010 at 14:54:40
If it had windows NT on it then it may be NTFS but if it was dos or some version of windows then it's going to be fat16.

Yeah, I'd hook it up to another PC and copy everything you wanted to a flash drive or maybe CD.

I don't know much about Mac/PC conversion but I would think if the mac can see a fat32 flash drive OK then it should have no problem with most picture files on a fat32 partition. You may need a conversion program for other documents but I don't think that's much of a problem.

Now that's what I call a sticky situation


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