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    The other day, while cleaning the garage, I spotted my last mac in the corner and a light went off.

    This was an old Powermac that was the clear plastic case "greyish" desktop machine, I can't recall what iteration, but it wound up in the corner when the video card and driver became to expensive to fix/replace. I bought a new Imac. The thing is I don't think I pulled off all the files.

    So here's my question: Can I take my laptop down there, plug in a Firewire connector to both machines, then start up the laptop first, and then start the old desktop machine and see its hard drive on the Laptop?

    I'm trying to eliminate having to plug in a keyboard, or monitor on the old Desktop machine.


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    Yes you do a firewire connect with the T key. You could always pull the drive and install it in an external box. Pack up that old bad boy and ship it to me..He.He.

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    I've been thinking of going the external box route since I now have two drives W/O any way to see what's on them... short story, the drive in my iMac stopped spinning, and I had Apple just slam a new one in. I had some of the S/W stored on an external, so that crash wasn't a total loss. They pulled the drive, and handed it to me. I thought about the S/W that was on the old Power Mac, but again, no way to retrieve, unless booting up and holding the "T" works to see the drive in the Power Mac, then I might slam in the iMac old drive and see if I can get it to spin...

    What's the going price for one of those external boxes?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Franco2Mac View Post
    What's the going price for one of those external boxes?

    Thanks

    KKKKFL
    On ebay there like $16.00 or so. Do you have a Fry's near by as they sometimes have great deals on externals.

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    Don't have Fry's but maybe a big box computer store like MicroCenter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Franco2Mac View Post
    Don't have Fry's but maybe a big box computer store like MicroCenter.

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    Microcenters kinda pricey...you could get two off ebay for there one.

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