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Old 12-26-2005, 01:43 PM   #1
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x86 Linux that reads Mac formatted hard drives?

Hello everyone, I have an old Hard drive here that was used in an Apple Mac, but I currently only have an x86 PC (Well actually it's an x86-64 Athlon 64) and I'd like to retrieve some of the data that was on it, mainly just old family photographs and such.

I was wondering if there are any Linux distributions, preferably a live CD like knoppix, that supports the Filesystem used on MacOSX (I think it's called HFS+)?
It doesn't directly have to support the NTFS filesystem either as I have a DVD+-RW and all sorts of other removable storage devices, but if it could it would be a bonus.

Thanks for your help!
Old 12-26-2005, 03:37 PM   #2
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What you need is support for HFS / HFSPlus (HFS+) in the kernel. Almost all 2.6 distros ive seen have had both per default, and most of the 2.4 distros have em too. Even the default Slackware bare.i has it as a module. So, try your luck with any live disk / full blown distro, its most likely there, but as a module.

modprobe hfsplus
Thta oughta get you on the road, then just mount it:
mount /dev/hddx /mnt/mac -t hfsplus


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