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    About To Throw My Mac Out The Window!

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    About To Throw My Mac Out The Window!
    I'm so frustrated right now. I could really do with some help, guys...

    I'm new to the Mac having spent my whole life on a PC. I'd never go back now...
    But I really need some advice. I'm trying to get some old photo's off an old PC drive I have. I would like to copy them, print them..do something with them because right now they're on the old drive and I can't do anything to get at them. I've tried to solve this problem for the last 9 months. I've bought Parellel to get Windows up to see if that would work, I've downloaded MacFuse and NTFS-3G (whatever the **** they do)...I'm just all so hopelessly lost. I feel devastated (wedding pics etc)

    What can I do guys? I've no longer the PC tower, just the harddrive. I bought a IDE 2.0 cable system and even though the light is on on the drive, nothing is coming up on my Mac screen. I don't know what to do. I'm not so computer savvy..can anyone break it down for me on what exactly I should do?

    Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

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    First of all you don't need any additional software to access the files on your old PC HD. Assuming it is an external drive (or that you have installed it in an external enclosure) your Mac will read the files just fine, whether the drive is formatted FAT or NTFS.

    You need additional software only if it is formatted NTFS and if you intend to write to the drive.

    If you are having problems reading the drive, the most like things are:
    1) The Cable is bad
    2) The Drive itself is bad
    or
    3) The Enclosure is bad

    Please post a few more specifics and we will try to help
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    It sounds like it is an internal IDE drive. Unless you have a Mac Pro or some such - getting IDE to work on a Mac (as IDE) would be difficult. I'm not sure what you mean by IDE 2.0 cable system - but what you should get is an enclosure - that converts the IDE to USB
    https://www.google.com/search?source...w=1092&bih=984
    Then you can plug it into any USB system

    Even with that you will need something like Paragon or NTFS-3G to write to the drive. If you only want to pull data off the drive - then you shouldn't need anything special - Mac should be able to read NTFS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Razormac View Post

    If you are having problems reading the drive, the most like things are:
    1) The Cable is bad
    2) The Drive itself is bad
    or
    3) The Enclosure is bad

    Please post a few more specifics and we will try to help
    Hi, thanks for your patience.

    I bought an IDE USB connector. From the old drive, there is one wire to power it from a wall socket, the other; going directly into the Mac via USB. The light it on the drive which is telling me that it's getting fed power. But nothing is coming up on the Macintosh - no windows, no nothing...it's like it the IDE doesn't even exist.

    I'm not even sure how to do it manually i.e - go looking for the harddrive that might show up somewhere. On PC I used to go to My Computer when things didn't start automatically as you do...

    CAn you tell me what software I need to download?

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    I think by IDE 2.0 system he means an IDE to USB dock or enclosure.

    Tell us exactly what you are using. Brand. Configuration,

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    Quote Originally Posted by IvanLasston View Post
    Then you can plug it into any USB system

    Even with that you will need something like Paragon or NTFS-3G to write to the drive. If you only want to pull data off the drive - then you shouldn't need anything special - Mac should be able to read NTFS.
    Hi, I got one of those enclosures before and it was too small....obviously they come in different sizes? Because I certainly would need a bigger one. Oh, by IDE Cable system I mean the guy in the store just gave me a bunch of wires...no enclosure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dtravis7 View Post
    I think by IDE 2.0 system he means an IDE to USB dock or enclosure.

    Tell us exactly what you are using. Brand. Configuration,
    Hi, the guy in the store gave me this...
    http://www.videk.co.uk/shopimages/se...rmal/2533A.jpg

    To put into this....
    http://image.made-in-china.com/2f0j0...DVD-Writer.jpg

    Am I doing it right?

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    Well, if you've got a full sized drive, your USB bus won't power it. So if you have wires that hook from IDE to USB, that won't work alone. The drive will need external power.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dysfunction View Post
    Well, if you've got a full sized drive, your USB bus won't power it. So if you have wires that hook from IDE to USB, that won't work alone. The drive will need external power.
    Hi, I posted up pics in a post but It says I need a mod to approve the post...

    The external drive is powered by a power source (a wire that I got in the IDE box) and another cable runs from the external drive to the Mac via USB. I'm obviously going to need an enclosure? I bought one before but they are quite small...I could not fit the external drive into the enclosure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CompletelyLost View Post
    Hi, I posted up pics in a post but It says I need a mod to approve the post...

    The external drive is powered by a power source (a wire that I got in the IDE box) and another cable runs from the external drive to the Mac via USB. I'm obviously going to need an enclosure? I bought one before but they are quite small...I could not fit the external drive into the enclosure.
    You probably got an enclosure for a 2.5in drive, or laptop drive. You'll need one for a 3.5in drive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CompletelyLost View Post
    Hi, I posted up pics in a post but It says I need a mod to approve the post...

    The external drive is powered by a power source (a wire that I got in the IDE box) and another cable runs from the external drive to the Mac via USB. I'm obviously going to need an enclosure? I bought one before but they are quite small...I could not fit the external drive into the enclosure.
    We'll take a look once the post has been approved. There's a way around all of this, and get your data, to be sure
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    Thanks everyone. Feeling better already

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    In the Pic I can't tell. Does that USB/IDE adapter have a jack for external power?

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    I went to approve the message but it seems to be approved!

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    Wait, the second pic.. that's an optical media drive? That wouldn't have the same power requirements as a hard drive, but... if you have this on optical media, then this is a whole different question.
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