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    Unhappy imac hard drive in external case
    Doe anyone know of an adapter to connect an imac internal drive to an external case? The imac mother board died and I want to get the data
    off the internal hard drive.

    Thanks,
    Dave

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    Just purchase an external case which interfaces with USB 2.0 and\or Firewire and place the hard drive in it. Then when you either repair your iMac or purchase a new one, you can hook the external to it and access all your data.

    Regards.

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    The problem is that apple does not use the normal pin connector to the hard drive. Any case I've used in the past all have pin connectors. I'm looking for a connector that uses the apple slide connectors to the hard drive.
    Thanks for your advice though.

    Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by kermada View Post
    The problem is that apple does not use the normal pin connector to the hard drive. Any case I've used in the past all have pin connectors. I'm looking for a connector that uses the apple slide connectors to the hard drive.
    Thanks for your advice though.

    Dave
    The pin arrangement on the drive itself shouldn't be different from any another SATA drive or IDE for that matter. (whichever is used in your iMac)
    The connector may not be standard, but the drive is. I'm not sure if you'll be able to find a slide type connector or adaptor, but try here:

    http://www.newertech.com/products/pr...univ_adptr.php

    Regards.

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    Hey, thanks for all the great advice.
    Turns out the imac drive is SATA and not an IDE.
    Got an enclosure and was able to boot off the drive.
    So, all the data is not lost, just the imac (
    Also learned not to put too much trust into salesmen.
    Anyone want to buy a dead imac with 2 gig of mem.
    Or anyone want to buy 2 gig of mem or an extreme
    airport card.

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