Viewing hard drive contents on faulty imac ?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by willfranklin197, Oct 6, 2011.

  1. willfranklin197 macrumors newbie

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    Hi everyone, could someone please help me.

    I bought a faulty mid 2007 imac (model A1224) which powers up but only show a black screen. I would like to see what if any programs are on the the faulty imac's hard drive. Is there any way of doing that ? ( the imac definitely has a hard drive because i opened it up)

    I tried connecting the faulty imac to my mac mini ( model A1176) via firewire and using target mode on my mac mini, however, I can only get to the stage where there is grey background with the large firewire symbol moving around the screen.

    Does anyone know what i have to do next to get beyond the grey background and firewire symbol ? Do i have to get screen sharing enabled ? How would i do that when i can't get beyond the black screen on the faulty 2007 imac ?

    Any advice and input would be greatly appreciate

    Regards

    Will

    Ps. I've tried connecting the faulty imac to an external screen to no avail
     
  2. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000

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    If you have access to another Mac you can start up the broken machine in Target Disk Mode. Here are Apple's instructions for doing so:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1661

    That would be the most straight forward and most simple way. Other than that you will have to remove the HD and put it into an enclosure.
     

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