My friends MacBook Pro (2008) completely died today. We removed the hard drive, and I'm currently dumping it's whole content into a tar archive with the help of a parted magic live CD, so that he can later extract all his relevant file from there onto his Windows desktop. However, reading how the HFS+ File system on Macs seem to store files differently, I've started to wonder if that is enough to get all files. Also, his replacement PC is not going to be a Mac, so all we really need is easy access to all his files from a Windows PC.
So, in short::
- Is it enough to make an tar archive of the HFS+ root to have ALL files?
- If no: What would be a better way?
- Do you recommend a better way if the only goal is to have an copy of all his files?