I want to BACKUP my files to an external hardrive and reinstall OSX

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Albert Monaco, Jan 19, 2006.

  1. Albert Monaco macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2006
    My iBook G4 gives me the question mark on startup.

    I have the installation disks.
    I want to BACKUP my documents to an external hardrive, but I cannot access them.

    What are my options?
  2. atari1356 macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2004
    Can you boot from the installation disks? If you can, do you see an external hard drive when you connect one? do you see the internal hard drive?

    if not, then:

    Do you have access to another Mac at all? Even a friends Mac?

    You might try connecting your iBook to another Mac via firewire in target disk mode. (turn off iBook, connect it to the other Mac with a firewire cable while the other Mac is on, turn on the iBook while holding down the "T" key).

    Your iBook's hard drive *should* show up as an external drive on the other Mac's desktop. Then you should be able to get your files off of it and reformat/reinstall the OS.

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