Actually, can anybody help me? I burnt a back-up CD on a pc laptop and now cannot open the files on a mac or pc although they do show up as the correct file type.
I've been quoted £100 to try and recover the CD by a company in SE1 and wondered if anybody could suggest a cheaper option. I have a suspicion this is quite a straightforward job.
I've tried an older version of Norton but it says the CD is not a HFS disc, and I can't copy the files onto the hard drive to look at them there. As you might have gathered from the above post, I'm not running Norton on my G4.
I've decided to steer clear of defragging the hard drive for now - it sounds too risky in terms of losing files. Having run the software for the last couple of days without too many problems it all seems to be working okay, so don't want to risk upsetting the applecart...
Thanks graham ! I took your advice and contacted Paul at Databugs last week. My 4-year old Macbook pro is transformed.
I had just 5 Gb of hard disk left and the original operating system which had problems and crashes. I dropped it off on saturday and Paul did a great job. He installed a new 320 Gb drive and I now have 240 Gb free space. That means everything is faster, and lots of room to grow. He also upgraded the OS -Snow Leopard is a great improvement - no problems, no crashes and lots more functionality.
Highly recommended - great advice on the options open to me. I'd go back for trusted advice anytime, Kevin
Reading through these posts, I get the impression that people are not keeping back-ups on a separate hard drive. External drives only cost around £50+ I've got 2 which I back up everything onto at least once a month. Fellow at Apple told me that auto back up systems were not too reliable (or cheap) and that over the years he had worked at Apple, external hard drive back-up was the best way. I was glad I had a back up when my Mac hard drive failed with over 3,000 photos on it...G4 hard drive replacement £300 ouch!