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Oct 8, 2012, 12:03 PM

I have an old G4 Tower that I'd like to give to my mum but the HD is bust.

I have tried to use some device to retrieve the data from it but I dont think its the write one as it doesnt even seem to come on once it's plugged in.

Can any body recommend something to retrieve the data?

Also if I cant just reformat the HD are there any other replacement HD's that I could use in place of the Seagate Barracuda one I have now?

Seagate Barracuda Model number ST3120024a 120GB

Mac Details G4 2002 M8570



Oct 8, 2012, 01:45 PM
That Seagete drive compatible. Some PowerMac G4 computers could not accept drives larger than 128GB, check Everymac in unsure.. but however, that Seagate should not be a problem.

- IDE cable good?
- Have you connected the molex connector also? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molex_connector)
- Jumper settings correct? (http://www.ehow.com/about_5271869_purpose-jumpers-ide-hard-drive.html)

Oct 8, 2012, 02:01 PM
An other option many of us also use is a SATA card, to accept newer Serial ATA drives (that actually can be quicker, hold more storage). These drives are easier to come by, can be a lot cheaper, and offer more storage space. In the end, it does cost money to get a controller too.