My roommate has a LaCie external hard drive for his Mac that is broken. After much tinkering I took the thing apart and discovered that it was just the enclosure that’s broken, not the drive.
We have a new enclosure on the way, but I’m suggesting that we don’t take any chances with his drive being on its way out, and back it up.
The “not really but maybe dying” drive contains his OS as well as all his music, photos, etc. MacDrive says it’s “HSFJ” formatted. The only drives in the house big enough to back up his 300GB of data are my NTFS-formatted Windows drives.
Can I flat out copy the data from his Mac drive on to one of my NTFS drives and have that serve as a backup? Or is there going to be corruption/data loss?
I have a copy of MacDrive, free for 6 more days. It appears that that app will let me convert one of my partitions to HSFJ if I want. But that’d be sort of a pain that I’d rather avoid if I didn’t have to do it.
I also have the option of copying some files (like his 106GB of music) to my NTFS drive and files that need to be on HFS (??) on the few gigs I have free on my Mac Mini.
Not sure how this all works, tho. What would you do?