How to rescue the data?

Discussion in 'Mac Help/Tips' started by aggemam, Jul 27, 2002.

  1. aggemam macrumors member

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    Hi

    I have a PBG4 / 400.

    Because I messed up PHP and Apache, I wanted to reinstall Mac OS X 10.1.

    Unfortunately, as I was ready to install, the CD drive refused to read the Install CD. And now, there is no OS on the hard drive. In other words, I have no boot device.

    I could take out the hard drive and back up my data from another computer, but that would void my warranty, wouldn't it?

    I've got plenty of other Macs; could I possibly set up NetBoot? How do I do that?

    I don't care about my CD drive or the health of my computer; Apple is sending me a new one. But I'd like to have my data back :)

    Thanks a lot!

    Christian
     
  2. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Where is the OS 9 disk that came with OS 10.1?

    Or even the old CDs that came with the computer.
     
  3. aggemam thread starter macrumors member

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    Well I have those, but the CD (or DVD, actually) drive does not work.

    I am looking for a way to boot my Mac without using the hard drive or CD drive... NetBoot?
     
  4. Macmaniac macrumors 68040

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    I have heard that you can hook a firewire cable to two computers and make one comp mount like a firewire drive, You could use it to retrieve data. I'm not sure what key you hit when you boot though:(
     
  5. Solipsys macrumors member

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    FiereWire Link?

    I don't know if this will work for your situation, but if you hold down "T" on bootup your PB will act as a FireWire hard drive... Connect it to one of your other computers using a FireWire cable with two 4 pin jacks and your PB hard drive should mount on the other computer.

    hope this helps
     
  6. Rower_CPU Moderator emeritus

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    Re: FiereWire Link?

    Actually, that's 6pin connectors...4 pin is the mini connector.
     
  7. AlphaTech macrumors 601

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    If you have a tower (any generation with an ATA bus and spare/open port on the ribbon, you can get a rack that will hold your TiBook's 2.5" hard drive so that you can read it from the other system.

    You could also boot in the TBM (Target Disk Mode) and the laptop's hard drive will mount on the other computer as an external drive. You can find out how (exactly) to do the target disk mode here (AppleCare Document 58583).

    BTW, pulling the hard drive from a TiBook will NOT void the warranty, it's one of the user installable parts.
     
  8. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Good luck, hopefully you'll find a way to get your data back.

    At least it was only a Murphy's Law experience ...
     
  9. aggemam thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks

    Thanks everyone!

    I'll try the firewire disk mode thing. I'll just have to buy a cable first :)

    --
    Thanks,
    Christian
     
  10. aggemam thread starter macrumors member

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    It worked

    I just bought a FireWire cable, and it worked flawlessly. Thanks for your help!

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    Christian
     
  11. aggemam thread starter macrumors member

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    LOL, just as I wrote that message, I pulled out the firewire cable and got a kernel panic on the host :)

    So the word "flawlessly" should be "almost flawlessly" or something like that :)
     
  12. AlphaTech macrumors 601

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    Did you follow the instructions that were posted (in the article)???

     
  13. aggemam thread starter macrumors member

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    Darn, someone noticed it :)

    I actually did think of it myself after posting. I'll raise the white flag.

    However, it's still not quite logical that you have to turn it off, FireWire being hot-plug.
     
  14. AlphaTech macrumors 601

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    Target Disk Mode is NOT the same as a hot pluggable hard drive... Even those, you want to dismount before you unplug them... With the TDM, you just turn off the system (the one acting as a drive) before unplugging it.

    A couple of extra steps would have saved you from the panic... :p :D
     
  15. aggemam thread starter macrumors member

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    Right

    Yeah :)

    Damn, I can't wait for Apple to send me the 667 MHz / DVI in exchange for this 400 :)
     

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