View Full Version : Urgent: Can a Mac OS X disc boot on a PC?

26th March 2010, 04:55 PM
This is really urgent, my friend who uses a Asus PC cannot boot into Windows and there are some important files he needs to get off the computer; now I know that my Snow Leopard install DVD has Disk Utility and I can use it to create images of files or folders from a local HDD (I've done it on my Mac). But I need to know if booting a Mac OS X Snow Leopard install dvd on a PC will work (I don't need or want to install OS X, just boot the disc to use disk utility)? Please reply.

26th March 2010, 04:58 PM

Best bet - get something like an Ubuntu image, or for something a little more light weight, try Damn Small Linux.

26th March 2010, 04:59 PM
Ah, yes, how did I forget Ubuntu!! Thank's, he really needs this to work, I'll burn an image now.

26th March 2010, 05:05 PM
Something similar happened to me a while ago, I used the SLAX distro (it's tiny) and recovered what I needed.

I've written a step-by-step at CricketMX.com • How to use Linux to backup files after Windows crashes (http://www.cricketmx.com/articles/read/how-to-use-linux-to-backup-files-after-windows-crashes/) if it is of any help.

Good luck

26th March 2010, 08:34 PM
Perhaps this is too late, but there is the System Rescue CD - a live GNU/Linux CD aimed specifically at rescuing crashed systems.

SystemRescueCd (http://www.sysresccd.org/Main_Page)

It can even run from a USB stick.

26th March 2010, 08:59 PM
If this sort of thing happens fairly often, I'd definitely get a hard drive docking station like this one (http://umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=10&id2=93&bid=2&sid=31611). They're pretty cheap and, depending on how hard it is to take the hard drive out of the computer, will probably involve less screwing around than booting off a Linux distro.

26th March 2010, 09:00 PM
Try spinrite from Home of Gibson Research Corporation (http://www.grc.com) if you think it is an error caused by a failing HDD. Yes it is a bit expensive but there is a money back guarantee if you are not happy. All depends how much your data is worth to you.