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    G4 tower dead, retrieve infor from HD

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    G4 tower dead, retrieve infor from HD
    Just moved and my old G4 tower won't start up. I want to access my hard drives, but what is the best way to do this?

    I was thinking I could buy an ext. hard drive case and do it that way?

    any ideas or suggestions?
    thanks

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    G4 tower dead, retrieve infor from HD
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    boot from the system cd or dvd. Or if you have two macs w/ firewire, use firewire target disk mode. external will work if you have mac os on it already

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    G4 tower dead, retrieve infor from HD
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    Quote Originally Posted by dminnery View Post
    Just moved and my old G4 tower won't start up. I want to access my hard drives, but what is the best way to do this?
    I was thinking I could buy an ext. hard drive case and do it that way?
    any ideas or suggestions?
    If you're sure it's the power supply that's gone, rather than a dead hard drive, then pull the HD out. You could put it in an enclosure for backup of or storage from whatever computer you're going to graduate.

    I suggest you invest about US$20 in an ATA/SATA-USB adaptor meantime. You can hook the old 'bare' drive to your replacement computer and transfer all the stuff you want.

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    G4 tower dead, retrieve infor from HD
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    Have you replaced the PRAM battery, often that simple cheap part brings a dead mac back from the grave

    If the powerlight briefly comes on then fades out then the battery could fix that mac
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