Dead iMac hard drive question

Discussion in 'iMac' started by pjmck, Sep 18, 2012.

  1. pjmck macrumors newbie

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    My 2nd generation ppc iMac has just died from what has been diagnosed as a logic board failure. Given its 8 years old, it's not economic to fix. I'm about to buy a new iMac and I was wondering if it's possible to use it to get the data off the old machine perhaps using FireWire cable or something similar. Or could I remove the hard drive and put it in a housing to boot as an external drive. The hard drive was working fine prior to the machine not booting up.
     
  2. skierbri10 macrumors member

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    I pulled my HD out of my dead iMac and put it in an external enclosure. I don't boot with it, but I grabbed all the important stuff off it. Pretty simple and effective.
     
  3. Dark Void macrumors 68030

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    You can put it in a USB/firewire enclosure to retrieve your data.
     
  4. Mike in Kansas macrumors 6502a

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    Another option is to get one of these babies:

    Universal Drive Adapter

    They can be had on Amazon for a lot less if you search "Universal Drive Adapter" and you don't mind it coming from Hong Kong.

    No computer geek should be without one!
     

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