How to transfer files from a dead 2006 17'' iMac to another computer?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by imperialist, Sep 21, 2010.

  1. imperialist macrumors newbie

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    Good night, dear sirs.

    I have the following situation and need some help.

    I have a Windows 7 custom-built PC and I also have an old, first generation Intel iMac from 2006. The iMac was running only Windows XP. The reason for that was that the screen of the iMac got cracked. I connected another monitor using mini-DVI connector and installed XP on the thing while I still could see certain things behind the broken screen. The reason I chose Windows was because in the Windows Intel Graphics Configurator program I had the ability to disable the main iMac screen and use the attached display as the main one. I did not have such option in OS X. I could select the attached display as the main one but could not shut down the iMac screen.

    Anyway, it has been a year since then. Today my Windows OS on the iMac became corrupted. But, of course.. I cannot see what the error message says during boot because the iMac screen is broken completely now. The attached display only turns on when fully booted into Windows. So, I cannot reinstall Windows.. I cannot do anything.

    There were some important files on the iMac which I want to recover. I have SATA to USB controller which I used before on my computers but, from what I understand, these iMacs have laptop hard drives with different connectors.

    Can someone please guide me to a specific controller which I could use to connect the iMac HD to my Windows PC and transfer the files? I would be very, very thankful.

    My iMac is a late 2006 17'' model with 150GB hard drive.
     
  2. spinnerlys Guest

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    iMacs have regular 3.5" desktop HDDs, thus you can use that adapter too, it would even work with a 2.5" laptop S-ATA HDD.

    Go to iFixIt and look for the guide on how to replace the HDD to get to your HDD.
     
  3. farmermac macrumors 6502a

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    Try holding the option key while booting?

    Or hold t and connect orbiting FireWire to another Mac.

    These options are available to you before you get to the part in the boot process where winxp will try to boot.
     

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