firewire target disk mode: I can't see old macbook HD?

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by dancks, Jul 16, 2015.

  1. dancks macrumors regular


    Nov 8, 2009
    SO I'm trying to get some files off a HD in an old macbook, lets just say it got damaged. I know for a fact the HD is fine, it still boots just can't use the screen. I was able to target disk mode to work on an iMac running 10.8.5 before its hard drive failed, got a new one HD and have 10.9 installed. I boot macbook into target disk mode but I can't get the harddrive with firewire to show up. I looked in terminal to see if another drive was attached:
    ls /Volumes
    df -h


    I don't know what to try or check.
  2. ricede macrumors regular


    Aug 16, 2010
    Have you tried connecting the old Macbook to a different computer using T D Mode ?

    As a last resort - you could put the old HD into an Ext casing and then just connect it normally. That way you don't need FireWire - you could use a USB case.

    As far as i can remember - its very quick to remove the HD from old polycarbonate MacBooks.

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