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Please help! I'm one of those rare birds that has switched back to PC after a decade of Mac loyalty. My Mac died, I have a new PC, and have no idea how to get my thousands of songs and pictures and documents on the new guy. Thoughts? I can't turn the other one on at all -the charging mechanism's blown. Thanks!
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Mac Support Specialist: iteachmac, The Duke! replied 8 years ago
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Hi ,

What Mac model do you have ? and what OS was it running , OSX?

If the HD is salvageable from the Mac , you can fit it to a External HD en-closer and retrieve the files on the PC using a Program on the PC that allows Mac HD access .

You can copy the files from the now external USB HDD to back up to a new location ,
or even move and migrate the whole account as was including all settings and applications on the old Mac HDD to a new working Mac if purchased in future . .

This does require the Broken Mac HDD to be still working .

Also do you have any other backups ? Maybe to an external HDD or DVD or CD disk??

I can give full details once i have more info.

Thanks.

Edited by iteachmac on 6/28/2010 at 12:00 AM EST
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
The Mac is a Powerbook G4 and it was running OSX. The HD is fine- I was trying to avoid purchasing a hd encloser- and also I have my pictures and documents and music stored on an external HD that was formatted for the Mac, and probably can't use that either?
Mac Support Specialist: iteachmac, The Duke! replied 8 years ago
Hi , if you have your data on a external HD , that's great .

You can copy the data from there if you think it is current .

But you will need a piece of software to do this on the PC .

MacDrive for Windows takes all the guess work out disk accessibility. With MacDrive installed, your Windows computer now speaks Mac and you can access all types of Mac-formatted disks - including external hard drives, CDs, DVDs, iPod and more.
http://www.mediafour.com/products/macdrive/

With this software you can just connect your external Mac USB HDD to your PC , the disk will be seen by the PC as a normal data drive once mounted .

There is a free trial , so you can test before you buy .

alternatively you can try reading up on :-

HFSExplorer , a free way to read Mac OS formatted disks.

http://hem.bredband.net/catacombae/hfsx.html

This other method may take a little more brain power to get up and running..

I hope this helps.

Thanks.
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
Hello again- I'm sorry. The external HD I have is not only mac-formatted but has a fire wire cord/plug only, and the new computer does not- so I still can't connect the two. Also, only my music and pictures are on it, not all of my documents, etc.
Mac Support Specialist: iteachmac, The Duke! replied 8 years ago
Hi , If your PC is a tower . you can use a Firewire PCI adapter .

Just fit the new card and then you can use your HDD as described .

Or take apart the enclosure and again fit the drive in to a USB enclosure .
You may need some help with this , also to do this the Firewire enclosure needs to be one that is able to be taken apart and the correct 2.5 inch or 3.5 inch IDE or SATA types .

PCI card .
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Fire-Wire-3-Port-PCI-Card-6-Pin-IEEE1394-Belkin-/260624774690?cmd=ViewItem&pt=UK_Computing_ComputerComponents_InterfaceCards&hash=item3cae727622

I will check to see what you need exactly , but im still standing with USB enclosure to fix your issues.. You can use it to move your data from both hard drives if they are the same type .

Please what is the model number and make of your external HD and PC computer ??
Also what is the model of your Mac , CPU type , year made , screen size , all info you have .

Thanks.

Edited by iteachmac on 6/28/2010 at 5:13 PM EST
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