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removing hard disk from imac and connect it to my main pc to read files

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Yes and no. Macs use a special file system that windows cannot see. When you put it into windows pc it will tell you to format it (don't do this). However, there are some work arounds you can use. A quick google search yields this result. https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/4-ways-read-mac-formatted-drive-windows/

hello. i was wondering if i remove the hard disk from my old imac (iMac 2010 i think) and connect it to my main pc (has wndows os, no Hackintosh) i would be able to read some files. can i do it?

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Yes and no. Macs use a special file system that windows cannot see. When you put it into windows pc it will tell you to format it (don't do this). However, there are some work arounds you can use. A quick google search yields this result. https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/4-ways-read-mac-formatted-drive-windows/

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42 minutes ago, TylerD321 said:

Yes and no. Macs use a special file system that windows cannot see. When you put it into windows pc it will tell you to format it (don't do this). However, there are some work arounds you can use. A quick google search yields this result. https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/4-ways-read-mac-formatted-drive-windows/

Haha yeah I wish I had known about stuff like this back many, many years ago when I had a problem where my MacBook Pro just stopped turning on, and in order to get my files off it I wound up purchasing an entire used Mac Mini on Craigslist just to recover the files, only to later realize there were workarounds I could've used with my Windows PCs. But hey, I got my files off in the end, so all's well that ends well.

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