PATA drive to Macbook?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Meldar, Aug 8, 2009.

  1. Meldar macrumors regular

    Meldar

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    Bottom line: My girlfriend's computer is really messed up. I wanna copy all her files then format the whole thing and be done with it.

    It's XP and constantly BSOD's. I can't really copy the files completely because of this.

    I want to take the PATA hard drive out of her computer, plug it into an enclosure of some sort, and plug that into my Macbook and mount it as an external drive. I then want to copy all her stuff to my external LaCie drive using my Macbook as a middle-man.

    Can this be done? If so, how?

    Thanks.
     
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Yes it can. How? Exactly as you say. Nothing else to it.
     
  3. VPrime macrumors 68000

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    You could also get a linux Live CD to browse and back up the failing drive.
     
  4. BobZune macrumors 6502a

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    "enclosure of some sort" would be an IDE (PATA) to USB (or Firewire) that will handle the right size of the drive (3.5 inch for desktop internal drives, 2.5 inch for laptop drives, generally). You can search for those and buy one.

    [If you want the Mac to WRITE to it, which in this case seems not necessary, you'd need to install NTFS-3G on the Mac.]
     
  5. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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