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OK, Computer Gurus how do I get my files??? Please help!

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by speedmedia, Nov 2, 2010.

  1. speedmedia

    speedmedia Very Active Member

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    My trusty G5 died today. It hangs on startup and I cannot get it to boot as a Target disc. I have a couple of files I need to get off of it in the worst way. Did a recent backup but lost a file for a trailer wrap today as it died while I was prepping it. Any specialists out there have any ideas of what I can do to retrieve the files?

    It is an Apple G5 Power PC. I have a pretty good idea that one of the processors went bad. I just need to get a couple of files and I will be on my way to the Apple store to purchase a new one. I got my 6 years out of it for which I am very grateful!
    Thanks!
    Kurt
     
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  2. Malkin

    Malkin Very Active Member

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    Try to boot it with a linux boot disc, if successful, you should be able to copy files off.
     
  3. round man

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    go out and buy a usb drive enclosure to put your old hard drive into and plug it into another mac and get the files off of it,...thats is to say if it wasn't your hard drive taking a dump that caused your mac to die in the first place,...then you are SOL so o speak,...you'll need to remove the drive to be sure as to what type of enclosure is needed but you can always put it back in once the mac is repaired. enclosures cost anywhere from $20 to $80 depending on where you buy them
     
  4. speedmedia

    speedmedia Very Active Member

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    Malkin, sounds simple enough but I am not a super techy...lol How might I go about this?

    Thanks,
    Kurt
     
  5. HaroldDesign

    HaroldDesign Very Active Member

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    You may be able to boot directly from the installation disc and use safe mode to get files off of it.
     
  6. Locals Find!

    Locals Find! Very Active Member

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    This is the right idea here and works on any computer mac or pc.
     
  7. Malkin

    Malkin Very Active Member

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    round man's suggestion is good too. I have done that before with success.

    I have always been lucky and have had a friend with a linux disc.
    Here is a link to instructions for how to do it.

    It may be easier to just get the hard drive enclosure though, they do come in handy.
     
  8. speedmedia

    speedmedia Very Active Member

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    Thanks everyone for the input. Going to pickup an enclosure tomorrow and give it a shot, don't have much to lose at this point, I guess I might end up with another portable hard drive out of the deal, which is cool!

    Thanks,
    Kurt
     
  9. Mainframe

    Mainframe Very Active Member

    Sounds like your hard drive went bad, you can purchase data recovery software & maybe recover your files, put you start up disk in & if you can boot off of it, the hard drive is the culprit, if you can't then you will need to put it in an enclosure to boot it & for heaven's sake start backing things up, get your hands on an intel Mac so you can use time machine, just plug in a drive & it backs up automatically.
    Here is a link on some software, good luck!

    http://www.peachpit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=693649
     
  10. ams

    ams Very Active Member

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    Attach the hard drive to another computer and access it for your files. I think it's best to have an external hard drive for problems like these.
     
  11. GypsyGraphics

    GypsyGraphics Major Contributor

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    i have a G5 quad and an intel 8-core mac pro, both running time machine (it's not just for intel macs). time machine is not just a great backup solution, but also an incredible way to restore any file from any point in time in history.

    putting your existing hard drive into an external enclosure will not only let you recover your files but will make a great time machine backup drive. this is assuming that it was your cpu and not the drive itself.

    and that's all i got to say about that.
     
  12. visual800

    visual800 Very Active Member

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    this is what I have right here
    http://www.amazon.com/DekCell-SATA-Cable-Power-Adapter/dp/B000QV5ZQC

    I have 2 computers they are the same, so thats 1 backup, then I use this device above and a couple old hard drives and back those up also. you will learn quickly that hard drives or ANYTHING can happen in blink of an eye, dont backup once do it twice or even three times
     
  13. speedmedia

    speedmedia Very Active Member

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    Well took it to my tech this morning and he was able to recover the files. He is setting up a drive with everything on it thanks god! Thank god I also did a major backup last week so 98% of files where good. Either way I think I am heading to the Apple store for a new rig and Time Machine. Thanks everyone for you help and suggestions!

    Thanks,
    Kurt
     
  14. Rooster

    Rooster Very Active Member

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    Grab a copy of Disk Warrior. It's saved my bacon a couple of times when hard drives went iffy. Dead simple easy to use disk recovery software for the mac.
     
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