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Where are the various files and directories in OSX?

DjeetDjeet Registered User regular
edited June 2009 in Help / Advice Forum
So water got spilt on the wife's macbook and once I get home I'll have to figure out how to pull the data off the drive (here's hoping the drive's not fried). I've never attached a drive with OSX installed as a secondary drive to look at the folders and file locations and such. I'm hoping My Win7 or Vista machine will be able to browse the folders and pull off files.

Assuming I can browse around, where can I find: files on the desktop, iTunes Library, and iPhoto Library?

Assuming I need some 3rd party software to browse the drive on a Windows machine, can anyone recommend one?


Thanks in advance.

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  • EchoEcho ski-bap ba-dapModerator mod
    edited June 2009
    OS X uses the HFS+ file system, which Windows can't read on its own. There are probably third-party applications to let you mount it though.

    Everything you want is in /Users/Yourusername/ -- you'll probably want to grab that entire folder. Applications are installed in /Applications/.

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  • DjeetDjeet Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    Much appreciated Echo. :^:

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  • DjeetDjeet Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    double post

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  • DeathPrawnDeathPrawn Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    MacDrive will let you mount the HFS+ drive on your Windows system. From there, yeah, you'll be safe if you copy over the entire /Users/USERNAME folder.

    Alternatively, if you don't want to shell out for MacDrive, burn yourself a Linux boot disc and do the deed from there. I know that Ubuntu has HFS+ drivers included by default.

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  • DjeetDjeet Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    DeathPrawn wrote: »
    I know that Ubuntu has HFS+ drivers included by default.

    Thanks. That's good to know as I have an Ubuntu live disc lying around. Apparently HFSExplorer is an OSS alternative for accessing HFS+ volumes on Windows platforms.

    Anyone migrated their iTunes library from one computer to another? Is it as simple as copying over the folder, or am I going to lose all the tagging data (album, artist, track, etc.)? I seem to recall that happening on my Windows box which soured me to iTunes early on, though perhaps I just didn't know what I was doing.

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  • DeathPrawnDeathPrawn Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    I haven't migrated a library myself, but since ID3 tag data is stored within the mp3s files themselves, it shouldn't be an issue.

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