Need Urgent Help - Target Disk Mode on PC?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Littleodie914, Dec 18, 2008.

  1. Littleodie914 macrumors 68000


    Jun 9, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    Howdy, a friend of mine just brought me her laptop, the graphics controller is dead, and she desperately needs the data off of the hard drive. I do not have an external enclosure for the drive, nor is it the right style to fit in my Macbook.

    So, the drive needs to stay in her laptop, and I need to be able to either boot it up in some kind of Target Disk mode, or to automatically copy its contents to an external drive. (Which I do have.)

    Is there any way to either:

    1) Boot a PC into FW/Eth. Disk mode. (Using a Linux bootable CD?)

    2) Figure out by default what the path to the internal laptop and external drives are "by default," and do a "dd" or some other command to copy the contents of her drive to the external?

    (All without being able to see anything on the screen.)

    And no, it does not work when plugged into an external display either, the problem seems to be on the controller or the logic board.

    Thanks guys! :D
  2. Tastannin macrumors 6502


    Sep 19, 2003
    AFAIK, there's no Target Disk Mode for PC's. You'll have to take it out and put it in a cheap ($10-$20) USB case to get anything off the drive.

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