Need Advise Transferring Data files from Mac OS to Win Vista

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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
 
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