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    I am a looooooooser
    *sigh*

    The hard drive on my G4 iMac started clicking this afternoon, and of course I haven't backed it up in a while. The stupid thing is now dead, it can't find the hard drive on reboot. Thus, I have the following questions:

    Who's a good person/company to retrieve the data that I stupidly failed to backup?
    Where should I buy a replacement hard drive? Might as well get something bigger than my 80GB paperweight.

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pidgeon92 View Post
    *sigh*

    The hard drive on my G4 iMac started clicking this afternoon, and of course I haven't backed it up in a while. The stupid thing is now dead, it can't find the hard drive on reboot. Thus, I have the following questions:

    Who's a good person/company to retrieve the data that I stupidly failed to backup?
    Where should I buy a replacement hard drive? Might as well get something bigger than my 80GB paperweight.

    Thanks!
    I don't know if you can (easily) replace the hard drive in an iMac. You should at least consider getting a new computer, as a hard drive dying is a warning sign of having a not-too-new computer.

    Of course there will be ways of saving your Mac, I'm just saying that it probably won't be easy.

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    You can try some place like www.drivesavers.com, but it is not cheap to have your data recovered. There are others, and someone else may come along and mention them.
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    It is expensive to have data recovery done to you hard-drive. If those files are that important, then shop around for the best prices. Less likely to work, although more cost efficient is programs you can buy and try to recover data.

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    It is very expensive to send a drive to professionals to recover data.
    Have not had to use it myself (yet), but personally, would invest in Disk Warrior before I considered sending it out.
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    I can't imagine how it would be possible for software to recover a drive with mechanical problems. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

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    True, If the hard drive has mechanically failed, the only solution is to have someone fix the mechanical problem or transfer the platter to a functioning drive to retrieve the data; which is expensive.

    Always keep you data in 2 locations; like the internal drive or external drive. If you keep a lot of info on a external drive only, back that up on another drive also. It's annoying, but can save a lot of money and time in this kind of situation.
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    If you're brave and your iMac isn't under warranty, open it up and put the drive in your freezer for awhile- sometimes you'll get a little more time out of it, enough to back things up. This has worked for me. If not, try booting up with a Linux live CD and look for your hard drive, if it shows up at all, copy the data you want to a USB key or two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pidgeon92 View Post
    *sigh*

    The hard drive on my G4 iMac started clicking this afternoon, and of course I haven't backed it up in a while. The stupid thing is now dead, it can't find the hard drive on reboot. Thus, I have the following questions:

    Who's a good person/company to retrieve the data that I stupidly failed to backup?
    Where should I buy a replacement hard drive? Might as well get something bigger than my 80GB paperweight.

    Thanks!
    In my experience (currently 3 imacs) any old drive I have had lying around has worked, some larger drives may act funny, for example only recognise a certain amount of the harddisk, if this is the case, just create partitions. Anything up to 127GB should be fine without additional partitions.

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