How to get files off an internal stand alone drive

Discussion in 'iMac' started by xkmxkmxlmx, Sep 8, 2011.

  1. xkmxkmxlmx macrumors 6502a


    Apr 28, 2011
    A friend recently brought me her 01 shot to hell iMac. We tried to power it up, but it would not. I opened it up and come to find that there is some damage to the internals (some parts literally melted).

    The only thing I could do was salvage the HDD. It is a standard 3.5".

    Hw can we go about getting files off of the drive?
  2. Glen Quagmire macrumors 6502a

    Jan 6, 2006
    Take the drive out, plug it into an external USB enclosure, attach it to another Mac et voila!

    You could try taking it to an Apple Store if there is one local to you, but I wouldn't be surprised if they charged you.
  3. Paulywauly macrumors 6502a


    Sep 26, 2009
    Durham, UK
    +1 here, if it's intact a USB hard drive should be bootable on another mac too. Note you don't have to use a USB enclosure, you could also try a USB drive dock (works the same way, but the drive slides in like an iPod into a docking station)
  4. xkmxkmxlmx thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Apr 28, 2011
    I figured as much, thank you.

    I had doubts because it is not a general external drive and all the files are within the OS that is installed on it.
  5. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

    tom vilsack

    Nov 20, 2010
    ladner cdn
    one other idea....

    if you or a friend has a windows desktop computer you could try temp hooking it up as extra sata drive and then using HFSExplorer to see contents of the drive and then save those contests to dvd/thumbdrive ect....

    note: install HFSExplorer first (or windows will not reg drive and ask to format it...which you dont want!)

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