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    Connect G5 Maxxtor HD as external HD to MacBook Pro

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    Jan 04, 2011
    Connect G5 Maxxtor HD as external HD to MacBook Pro
    Hi there,

    My G5 crashed and it will take 2 months to fix. I have the HD from it and I tried connecting it to my MacBook Pro with a 2.5" HD USB Enclosure (VANTEC NexStar TX NST-210S2-BK Aluminum 2.5" USB 2.0 External Enclosure). Nothing happens. The blue LED light comes on but the HD doesn't start. What should I do instead? Do I need more power? I have no clue.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated on how to get access to my data, it's work related and every day counts...


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    Connect G5 Maxxtor HD as external HD to MacBook Pro
    harryb2448's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac i5 2.7GHz, 16GB memory, OS 10.10.5
    G5's use a 3.5" hard drive so how did you get it in a 2.5" case? What operating systems are on the G5 drive and your MBP?

    Do you need to boot from the G5 drive and if so maybe it will require a Firewire connection?
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Connect G5 Maxxtor HD as external HD to MacBook Pro
    robduckyworth's Avatar
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    Jan 04, 2011
    Reading, UK
    15" MBP, 2.5GHz i7, 750GB, 6770M 1GB, iPad 3, iPhone 4, custom PC
    it should be a bootable disk, so holding down option (alt) key at start up should bring up the image to select.

    FW would be a good choice for connection.

    as for the enclosure, is it powered? i doubt any disk that you want to boot from should be bus powered.

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