How do I get my files off of my powerless powerbook g4?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by CatApple, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. CatApple
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    Long story short my powerbook has been damaged directly on the power outlet corner. I am unable to plug the power cord in and I was planning on getting a new macbook this month. So do I need to take out the hard drive (i'm ignorant at this!) or can I connect it to my mac mini somehow to get the files off. It is to beat up and since I am planning on buying a new one I don't see the need to send it off or have it repaired. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
     
  2. zflauaus
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    If there is no power to the PB, then you must take the hard drive out, no other way around it unless you have a friend who has another PB and a charged battery, but that only lasts so long.

    Best of luck.
     
  3. topicolo
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    Just pull out the hard drive on the powerbook, plug it into an external enclosure or something like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817392022 (it's a plug in socket for hard drives) and plug it via USB into any working computer and you should be able to read all your files again--unless your hard drive has also been fried, in which case you'll have to send it in to an expensive disk recovery firm.
     
  4. CatApple
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    Great! I'm going to order it today. Thanks for yalls help!
     
  5. agentphish
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    http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Mac/PowerBook-G4-Al-15-Inch-1-5-1-67-BT-2-0-LR/Hard-Drive/64/7/

    Go there for instructions on how to remove the drive, assuming you have the same pbG4 that I do, otherwise look at their other guides.

    Good luck.... You can also go to radioshack and get a screwdriver with a replaceable bit set that will fit all the tiny ass apple screws.

    The phillips size is 00 and I can't remember what the Torx size is, but its included with that screwdriver set and its like 10 bucks. Best 10 bucks i ever spent too.
     
  6. merl1n
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    I believe the Torx size is a T8.
     
  7. dtklamf
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    get a magnatised phillips screwdriver :)

    best 20 bucks I ever spent
     

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