3 Replies Latest reply: Dec 20, 2012 10:35 AM by a brody
AMA man Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I've got my old Power Mac 7500/100 fired up but can't get a signal to a monitor. Is there a way to copy the contents of the hard drive to either my MacBook Pro or even my G4 without the ability of the monitor?

MacBook Pro (17-inch Early 2011), Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • 1. Re: Transferring old Power Mac hard drive.
    sig Level 8 Level 8 (35,770 points)

    Connect the 7500 to the G4 via firewire and then boot the 7500 into target disk mode. (Hold down command-t). The 7500 hard drive should appear on the G4 desktop.

  • 2. Re: Transferring old Power Mac hard drive.
    markwmsn Level 5 Level 5 (4,120 points)

    Is your "G4" a notebook or a tower?

    If it is a tower of the correct vintage to have internal SCSI ports, you might be able to transplant the 7500's SCI disk into the G4.

  • 3. Re: Transferring old Power Mac hard drive.
    a brody Level 9 Level 9 (63,265 points)

    Oh this is difficult.  Turns out the 7500 indeed does use a SCSI port.  Your only possible way of connecting it is finding an old Firewire SCSI adapter.  Ratoc used to make them, and so did the now defunct Orange Micro.  You may have better luck finding an appropriate monitor to hook it up and a PRAM battery.  The DB-15 supports old analog VGA displays up to 1280 x 1024.  Any displays with higher resolution specs will probably not work with it.  Once you can hook it up, you'll need to follow these directions to network it via ethernet*:



    Before you do, consider many old data formats are probably not supported by your MacBook Pro, especially if it has been upgraded to Lion or later.

    See this tip on Appleworks.