Getting data off a Performa 475 hard drive

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Applespider, Sep 19, 2005.

  1. macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    I have a Mac colleague in the office who was asked by a friend if she could transfer some data from her old Mac for her. 'Of course' she said and was presented with a Performa 475 without keyboard/mouse etc.

    She's spotted a SCSI to ethernet adaptor on eBay. Will that work on the Performa's SCSI connector and allow her to see the HD on it?

    And will the drive be readable from a new Mac?
  2. macrumors 68020


    Oct 24, 2004
    Northants, UK
    I may (Read probably is!) be wrong but OS X networking is a lot different to the old days of Appletalk.

    Although generally speaking most computer software is downwardly combatible, so you could use the newer networking technology to talk to an ancient Mac.

    You can buy a PCI card that has the old Serial connecters on it, i remember these from the early PM G3 days - eBay for them.

    You can also buy USB to Mac Serial adaptors, eBay for them again.
  3. macrumors regular

    May 22, 2005
    Folkestone, England

    Cant you just get a SCSI to usb adapter, take the cover off the performa and hook its hard drive up to your mac? :)
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 20, 2003
    maybe she should go for a PCI scsiboard for her mac pull the HD from the performa, connect to the scsi... and you're ready... look on ebay somebody will have a SCSI PCI for mac I guess...
    if she can add the scsi-ethernet adaptor she still needs a keyboard/mouse to do the setup before being able to connect to it...
  5. macrumors 68020


    May 18, 2004
    once you get your hardware issues resolved........I think you'll have to use the older computer to access the user's drop box on the newer computer and not the other way around.....I gather that Tiger only supports sharing with TCP/IP and not appletalk and so it wont connect.....a friend had to transfer his files from an older powerbook to a new ibook and every time he tried to connect from the new ibook running tiger, he would get a message that said "connection failed" .....but he was able to get a usable connection when working from the older powerbook
  6. macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    OSX Networking includes Appletalk. There's the physical layer, which is either ethernet 10BaseT or LocalTalk, then there's the logical -- the LC475 would be able to participate in OSX networking as long as it had Appletalk version (3.8.3? can't remember) The LC475 may have an ethernet card built in/

    Serial connection is NOT the way to go.

    Never head of a SCSI to USB adaptor for a hard drive.

    The other problem is that the LC475 is without mouse,, keyboard or monitor... will need to dig up ADB peripherals and a montior with a 'MacSync' adaptor.

    The easiest way is to find someone with a Beige G3 machine (or 86/9600) that has a CD burner. Pop in the LC475 SCSI drive onto the G3's SCSI bus, burn off a CD. Done.

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