Using previous iMac internal hard drive

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  1. DonWrk macrumors member

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    My previous internal hard drive crashed and I recently installed a new one. Would it hurt to plug the old drive into the USB to see if I might could recover some old files from there? The actual drive said it couldn't be repaired but the Mac hd partition looked fine. Any help is appreciated thanks.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You can put the old drive in an external enclosure and try to mount it. You might be able to retrieve files from it. There's no harm in trying.
     
  3. DonWrk thread starter macrumors member

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    What if I don't have an external enclosure then it won't work?
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    How else are you going to connect it, if it's not in an enclosure with the right connectors? (Firewire or USB)
     
  5. DonWrk thread starter macrumors member

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    With the USB cable that came with my external hard drive.
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Do you see a place on the drive you removed from the iMac where you can plug that USB cable into?
     
  7. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    It doesn't have a USB port on it, so that won't work. If you happen to have a USB -> SATA cable lying around, that should work though.
     
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  9. DonWrk thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes it is a USB to SATA.
     
  10. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Then it should work fine. You said "USB cable" before; not "USB to SATA cable". There's a big difference.
     
  11. DonWrk thread starter macrumors member

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    Sorry I just assumed you would know what I meant, my bad. Thanks for the help again.
     
  12. Consultant macrumors G5

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    SATA drves requires power. Your cable probably won't power it.

    I suggest getting a USB to SATA DOCK. Even if your old drive may not work, you can still get drives to use with it.
     
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