read extern drive in ubuntu

Maurice McCarthy manselton at
Mon Jun 28 15:00:53 UTC 2010

On 28 June 2010 15:38, Douglas Pollard <dougpol1 at> wrote:
> Sorry guys I guess I was not very clear.  She will send me her hard
> drive and I intend to put it in my empty external drive case and read it
> with Ubuntu and copy it.   I can send them by email as files or write to
> dvd and mail to her.  This info is on a pretty small hard drive I think
> as it is old.  Everyone is telling her that she can only get the files
> off and read them with a Mac computer.  I don't know what kind of file
> system Mac uses or if the advice she has been given is correct.  It's my
> understanding that you can put Ubuntu on a Mac and move the personal
> files to Ubuntu.  I just want to be sure I can work with the Mac files
> or convert them to something Ubuntu can work with.        Doug

I think you just have to install hfsutils and everything should go
fine. You'll find it in the Ubuntu Software Centre if you put hfs in
the search bar.


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