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  1. #1

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    Jan 18, 2011
    Powerbook G4 hard drive recovery
    Hi all,
    I have recently tried to recover the data from my crashed Powerbook G4 using a NewerTech USB 3.0/2.0 Universal Drive Adapter. Until you open the box you are not told it does not work on slim hard drive such as the powerbook's.
    At 21 it was worth a shot but I still have no solution.

    Does anyone know what I should buy to connect the slim hard drive to my desktop imac?

    Thanks, The Austringer

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    Oct 22, 2007
    Mac Mini Core i7 2012 | White 2009 MacBook 2 Ghz | 733 Mhz G4 Quicksilver
    There webpage says

    It's a complete solution that allows any 2.5″, 3.5″, or 5.25″ hard drive or optical drive* with any standard IDE/ATA/ATAPI 40 pin or SATA interface

    So I dont see how it cannot work with a PowerBook's ATA drive
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    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac, i7 4GHz, 32GB memory, 1TB PCI-e storgae StOS X.13.3
    Try Data Rescue 3 which has a demo mode to see if it is recoverable:-

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    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!

  5. #5

    Member Since
    Jan 18, 2011
    Hi, thanks for the replies. The NewerTech USB 3.0/2.0 Universal Drive Adapter will not fit a laptop HD. It makes out on the box that its a one stop solution, but its not. The literature in the box has a very small exclusion. It is because it is a slim drive and they don't supply an adapter that fits. It wouldn't take much to include an adapter that would work, but as it is it doesn't fit. I will go and try this Data rescue 3.

    Any ideas welcome, Thanks, Steve.

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