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You can try restarting it with the T key down until you see the Firewire logo on the screen. You can then connect a firewire cable between it and another Mac and the drive will appear on the desktop. You can copy off what you need.
Will I see that logo on my screen (I have a desktop imac) or will I see it on the powerbook?
Can I do it with a usb cable instead. The firewire cable I have on hand has a connection that doesn't work with my computer.
No it has to be Firewire.
OK, I found my current firewire cable, so I'm good
So once again, will I see that firewire logo on my screen?
you will see the Firewire logo on the laptop.
OMG thanks! it worked and now I can see the Powerbook hard drive on my computer. I will just grab the few things I need. Have a great day!