Dead iMac hard drive question

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

  1. pjmck macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2012
    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

    Sep 25, 2009
    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

    Dark Void

    Jun 1, 2011
    Cimmerian End
    You can put it in a USB/firewire enclosure to retrieve your data.
  4. Mike in Kansas macrumors 6502a

    Mike in Kansas

    Sep 2, 2008
    Metro Kansas City
    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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