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Old 10-23-2013, 01:09 AM   #1
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mount external hfs partition

Hello all and thank you in advance. Here is the problem I cannot access this drive i got out of a macbook I am using pear linux os7 and Ubuntu 12.04 I have loaded hfsutils hfsprogs and hfsplus and tried to mount using some information I found on different websites and nothing. The drive was at first local and since I got nowhere I have pulled the hdd and have put it in an external device and it still will not show up in the terminal or file manager. Either the drive is dead which is a possibility or I just cant get it to show or mount nothing. I am coming to my limit here any help would be appreciated

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Old 10-23-2013, 03:49 PM   #2
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I think hfsutils is used to read Macintosh floppies. If you want to mount a Macintosh hard drive, you
should do cat /proc/filesystems | grep hfs to check whether the hfs modules are loaded in the kernel.
If not, check by pointing your filemanager to /lib/modules/[your Kernel version number X.Y.Z]/kernel/fs/ that hfs.ko and hfsplus.ko kernel modules are present. If that is the case, you should do sudo modprobe hfsplus.ko (assuming your disk is HFS+) and repeat cat /proc/filesystems | grep hfs. After that, you should be able to
mount your disk with sudo mount -t hfsplus /dev/sdb1 /mnt (assuming your HFS+ filesystem is on the first
partition of the disk /dev/sdb). If that fails, you may use smartctl and hdparm (read their man pages) to test whether your disk is functioning correctly.
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Thank you for your response I will give it a try I hope it works and not a dead drive. The disk is HFS+ im working withing this macbook to see if I can either pull the info or rescue it. The issue it had originally was a blinking folder at start up the research I did said it was either a dead drive or damage cable connected to the drive and motherboard


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