Grabbing Files from Old SSD?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by k2focus, Oct 25, 2018.

  1. k2focus macrumors member

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    Within one week my GPU on my iMac failed as well as the GPU on my wife's MacBook Pro (second time for both!).

    I hooked up an old GPU to my iMac, so that is functioning, but my wife is happy to completely move on from her laptop, but she needs some files off it.

    I hooked up her SSD to my iMac through the optical drive via SATA, and Disk Utility recognizes the drive, doesn't see any errors, but I still can't access it. I knew it wouldn't be this simple.

    Can anyone let me know what I need to do? Thanks!
     
  2. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68030

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    You installed it in the iMac? Just put it in a 2.5" enclosure and it should mount in Finder just fine unless her SSD is APFS and your Mac isn't.
     
  3. k2focus thread starter macrumors member

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    i just realized that is the issue. i didn't know that the OS's had different formats, until about 2 minutes ago. I thought we were both in Sierra, but he's upgraded, and mine just missed out (too old), so i am going to try the paragon software.
     
  4. CoastalOR macrumors 68020

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    I don't think Paragon will help you since it is a hard disk manager that will not help you copy individual files and you have to buy it.

    Sierra can only read HFS+ (Mac OS Extended (journaled)) and his drive is probably APFS (if he updated to High Sierra or Mojave).
    I would recommend using a clean external drive formatted Mac OS Extended (Journaled) to clone his drive to the external. Use Carbon Copy Cloner (CCC) to make the clone his drive, it is free for 30 days.
    Once you have made the clone to a drive with a format that your Sierra Mac can read you can attach the cloned drive and read the files.
     
  5. k2focus thread starter macrumors member

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    It (Paragon) works on PC, and there is a free trial. I'm doing it now and it's working fine. It's funny that you need a PC to see Apple's files. Things like this are why I switched back to PC.
     
  6. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    OP:

    You haven't given us much info as to WHICH Macs you and your wife have and what versions of the OS each is running.

    IF (and this is important) your wife's MacBook is running APFS (disk format) and your iMac is back at HFS+ (disk format), YOU CANNOT MOUNT her drive on your Mac. Period. Stop right there.

    What year iMac do you have?
    What OS is it running?

    What year MacBook Pro does your wife have?
    What OS is it running?
     
  7. 960design macrumors 68030

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    I know right, security is such a pain in the arse. Windows for the win! Well for the script kiddies and hackers anyway.

    The good news is that all of your Windows files are probably also stored on some dude's hard drive racks in his basement somewhere... always good to have backups, as they say.
     

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