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    Apr 14, 2009
    need to extract files & Safari links - Powerbook G4 - HELP!
    My Powerbook G4 OSX 10.4 has been briefly exposed to a strong magnetic field in the vicinity of the hard drive.

    1) can't open finder
    2) Safari does not open
    3) the many desktop folders of jpegs and document files display the names I've assigned to them but NOT the folder icons - they do not display. I am able to open the folders and view/display the contents, thus the files themselves seem to be intact.

    1) remove/copy desktop folder contents to another Powerbook (or external HD). I tried this with a USB transfer cable (GigaWare) without success as the icon would not open (was not viewable) on the affected Powerbook. Maybe Firewire transfer would work?

    2) remove/copy Safari links to another Powerbook. Since Safari does not currently open I have no clue as to how to accomplish this.

    If I did a reinstall of the OSX 10.4 OS would that affect or delete the Safari links and/or the desktop folders?

    Any thoughts for solving this problem will be greatly appreciated. I have many of the desktop files backed up on external hard drives - but definitely not all - and no backup for the many Safari links gathered over about 5 years.


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    Dec 20, 2006
    Lake Mary, Florida
    15" MBP, Core i7/2GHz, 8GB RAM, 480GB Crucial M500 SSD
    When you connected it to another machine to retrieve your data, was that other machine also a Mac?
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

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    Apr 14, 2009
    YES, the other working computer was a G3 Pismo (OSX 10.2) - my only other Mac - but now I'm I'm getting another Powerbook similar to what I have. If this helps.

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