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Can I get IMAC data back from a WD1600SJ HDD which shows as GPT protective partition in Disk Management?

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migrated from Jul 25 '11 at 17:31

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Windows XP x64 was the first and only Windows XP edition that can recognize GPT partitions. That being said, Windows XP x64, Vista or 7 do not understand HFS+ natively, you would need some software for that:

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I'm assuming you're using Windows XP? Try Windows 7 or a Linux boot disc, both of which should be able to read GPT partition tables and disks.

What GPT does to prevent non-GPT disk-aware systems from reading it is to create a false partition on the MBR. This marks the disk as used instead of free. See here.

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