Read HDD off Busted iMac (logic board)

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  1. stevejobbers macrumors member

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    anyone know a way (or if it's even possible) to read data off a hard drive inside a busted imac? i've been told by apple repair i have a broken logic board and they want hundreds of dollars to fix it. i don't plan on repairing it...

    i will go back to get my machine though, and i was wondering if there is any way, after i take it apart, to read the data off the HDD (which had been functioning perfectly).

    thx!!
     
  2. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    Just take out the hard drive off the machine and stick it in a USB enclosure and dump your data out.
     
  3. stevejobbers thread starter macrumors member

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    does anyone know what size HDD (2.5 inch or 3.5 inch) my iMac uses (20" model oct 2007)? also, what interface would i need for the hard drive enclosure (IDE? SATA? eSATA?)

    thanks!!!
     
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  6. stevejobbers thread starter macrumors member

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    thx! i just placed an order for one. now i just need to figure out how to disassemble my imac... hopefully there are steps online somewhere.
     
  7. stevejobbers thread starter macrumors member

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    once i assemble the external drive with my imac's drive is there anything else special i would need to do to access the files? other than just connecting it via USB to a computer?
     
  8. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    No nothing special about it. The fun part would be tearing open your machine to gain access to the disk.
     
  9. indg macrumors 6502

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  10. DDavis020 macrumors newbie

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    same issue

    I have the same issue with a failed logic board. I want to know the same thing, if I can take the hard drive out of her 3rd gen Imac and place it in a 2nd gen Imac and if it will work. Her current Imac is a G5, not Intel, so I think it would be ok, but I'm not %100 sure.
     
  11. Roller macrumors 68020

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    Are both of you with dead iMacs sure that the logic board is gone? Take a look at my post from yesterday. Before you remove the hard drive, it might be a good idea to see if replacing the battery works, though you'll have to take the computer apart in any case. Just a thought.
     
  12. DDavis020 macrumors newbie

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    I did try this initially, because upon inspection of the logic board there were two bulging capacitors, but they were not burst, and I had read others tried this successfully, so I did replace the battery at first, but it made no difference, thanks for the suggestion though.
     

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