Retrieving files from an old Mac

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by dazzer21, Aug 19, 2008.

  1. dazzer21 macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2005
    I'm trying to get all the files from my old mirror-door G4 running 9.2 onto a new iMac. However, when I boot the G4, I get as far a the Happy Mac icon but that's as far as it will go.

    I've tried starting from the MacOS X (10.3) disk but when I use the 'change startup disk' option, neither the OS X nor the 9.2 partitions show. Disk Utility won't repair the disk (comes up with an 'underlying error' message). Disk Warrior refuses to build an alternative directory that can be used, and reports that there is no system folder.

    Surely there must be a recognisable System Folder as otherwise all I'd get would be a Sad Mac, right?

    Help would be much appreciated around about now...
  2. Apple Ink macrumors 68000

    Apple Ink

    Mar 7, 2008
    Im sorry but I have absolutely no memories of Mac OS 9.......

    But Id probably try to salvage stuff by using one of those Linux LiveCD distros!:confused: (Ubuntu and Knoppix are good)

    You should be (SHOULD be) able to start off in safe graphics!
  3. SpookyLars macrumors 6502

    Jul 21, 2008
    External enclosure

    Try to borrow ext. USB or FW enclosure, put in HDD from G4 and connect to iMac and then move your files. It seems to be the fastest solution.

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