Getting a MacBook Pro soon, want to save some data from my broken iMac

Alvi

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Hi everyone, I'm planning to get a MacBook Pro and i want to know how could i get some data out of my broken iMac which had a graphics card failure which just made the whole reparation process really expansive so i decided to better get a new mac.
Is there a way to read the data from a PC?
Would i have to get a hard drive enclosure?
Or some sort of Fire Wire/USB -> SATA Cable?
 

sniggles

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try the slave mode...

Hi Alvi, I don't know if it's also available for iMac, but Macbooks are able to go into a slave mode, when they are connected with another mac via firewire. If you have bought your macbook connect it via firewire to the iMac and try holding the "T"-Key while booting your iMac. If it's working, the iMac HD should be mounted on your Macbook like an extern HD.
 

Alvi

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Thanks a lot! :) I'll try it once i get the MacBook, i hope it will work, if not i will have to do it the bad way and open the thing, get the HD out and buy a case to connect it to my computer... at least i would have a new hard drive i could use as time machine or something after i transfer the data :D
 

mscriv

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It's called Target Disk Mode and it's available on any mac with a firewire connection. There is no restriction on the iMac and I have used this mode it past to transfer data from on old iMac to a new one. If your iMac will boot up then using this method should give you access to the drive.
 

Sythas

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When my white imac had a graphic card failure I've used the Target mode with a firewire cable and it work whitout a problem. BTW with my broken imac I have plug a second display to it and it works flawlessly... it's just the connection to the main display that is broken for me
 

Alvi

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That means that it's more like a display failure, i tried to connect an external display and nothing...
 
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