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Need Advise Transferring Data files from Mac OS to Win Vista

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by gmarker, Jan 26, 2013.

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  1. gmarker

    gmarker Thread Starter

    Jan 26, 2013
    Very simply, I had A Mac 12" powerbook g4 with internal 160GB ata/ide hard drive, and the very old G4 powerbook power supply or logic board goes dead. I tried another power supply and it's EOL.... period. I disassembled the Powerbook G4 12" which is a very laborious and painful experience, just to recover the Internal Hitachi 5400RPM ATA/IDE 160MB Hard Drive. My Dilemma is that I have precious turbo tax files from Tax Clients and thousands of other files on that HD and I'm sure the 160GB HD is ok. I need advise as the best economical way to transfer files from that bare internal HFS Formatted ATA/IDE Drive to a USB External drive. I have a working USB 2.0 External drive case that has a typical Enhanced IDE Drive with a 36 Pin Ribbon cable. I have transferred 4 other Mac Formatted ATA drive files with this same USB external enclosure to the Toshiba listed below, all drives were formatted Mac OS HFS. The win freeware utility I found that worked well was called RUN HFSexplorer and I found on either sourgeforce or about.com blog. Now the real challenge is how to connect that Hitachi 5400RPM ATA/IDE 160MB Hard Drive that has a 48 pin connector to my Enhanced IDE Drive with a 36 Pin cable. It must also must provide power to the ATA/IDE Drive. The only easy way if possible would be renting or obtaining another Macbook that might have a compatible internal drive connector, but that's dicey also, and who has a spare Macbook lying around? I have deep Technical knowledge but this debacle has challenged me to say the least. I know you might be thinking why didn't I backup the G4 HD. Well that is because both the USB and Firewire ports blew out of the PB G4 years ago so I backed up on a internal G4 HD partition, well now that does me no good either! So, if anyone has some helpful suggestions please provide some insight. I would be greatly appreciative.

    OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Basic, Service Pack 2, 32 bit
    Processor: Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 900 @ 2.20GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
    Processor Count: 1
    RAM: 2939 Mb
    Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family, 1342 Mb
    Hard Drives: C: Total - 229584 MB, Free - 97287 MB;
    Motherboard: TOSHIBA, Portable PC
    Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated and Enabled
  2. managed

    managed Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

    May 24, 2003
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    I think you can simply connect the Hitachi internal drive to a USB adapter and plug it straight into the Toshiba laptop. There's no need to move the files onto another external Usb drive first.

    Something like this should work :- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812156017

    IDE 2.5" laptop drives all have 48 pins, like this :-
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