target disk mode on a wintel

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  1. KyleC macrumors member

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    i have a g4 ibook, i have used target disk mode with my g5 tower before with success. g

    However i just tried to use it with a pc, and the drive doesnt come up in my computer on the pc. Has anyone had any success using target disk mode with a windows system?
     
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    Target mode only works with Macs. You cannot connect a Mac to a PC via Target Mode.
     
  3. KyleC thread starter macrumors member

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    ok, thanks! Is that becuase my pc cant read the mac journaled formating? or something else..
     
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    To the best of my knowledge, it's a firmware thing first and foremost but the drive formatting wouldn't help.
     
  6. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

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    This isn't true. You *can* connect a mac to a wintel machine via target disk mode. The Windows machine should detect it as a mass storage device although to mount the drive and access the information you have to use a program like MacDrive 6.

    I had to use this method to get the data off my iBook which had messed its OS X up before I could wipe it and do a clean install.


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  7. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    Then it's purely a driver (or format reading) thing. Anyway, I'd still recommend connecting them though the suggestion I posted above. Much safer that way and you don't need any extra drivers.
     
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    Amazing. :eek:

    I stand corrected, thank you Spanky Deluxe. :)
     

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