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

    Sep 21, 2010
    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


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    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

    Jul 23, 2009
    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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