View Full Version : Salvaging a HD from a dead computer

12-13-2009, 03:42 AM
So my ancient eMac that my sister has been using for forever recently died and obviously isn't worth the money to fix at this point. I wonder though if it would be possible to salvage the hard drive? It has pictures and music and stuff she's still interested in and it'd be awesome if i could get them off of it for her.

How would I go about doing this? Someone I talked to suggested I pick up something like Newer Technology Universal Drive Adapter -... (U2NV2SPATA) at OWC (http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Newer%20Technology/U2NV2SPATA/). Would something like that work?

12-13-2009, 04:39 AM
Ideally that device would be perfect for what you are going to do. I had an earlier version of this device and it worked well. I can't say the same for the current version (though the problem might be operator error on my part).

Another option would be to get an external drive enclosure, put the hard drive in there and connect the enclosure to your Mac. Something like the Syba Enclosure Kit FireWire + USB2 for 3.5"... (SY-U2F-5BK) at OWC (http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Syba/SYU2F5BK/) might do the trick.

Ask around though before purchasing you might find something cheaper. I am pretty sure though that whatever you use will have to support an IDE drive connections.

12-15-2009, 01:46 PM
Weibe Tech has a similar device, too, that you may want to check in to.

12-15-2009, 02:22 PM
PM me if you want links to eMac manuals.

OWC Performance Upgrades; FireWire USB SATA Storage; Memory, more at OWC (http://www.macsales.com/) sell the NewerTech USB Universal Drive adaptor - US$30. I use adaptors regularly to connect salvaged 'bare 'hard drives - a very economical way to preserve data etc, and for storage.

12-16-2009, 10:19 AM
It kinda depends on what part of the eMac died, doesn't it?