Currently Being ModeratedJan 15, 2013 12:06 AM (in response to Daniel Hess)
Please make sure that you followed the instructing for using the firewire target mode.
Connections between PPC and intel machines may be tricky sometimes.
If you havn't got your original install media for your ibook you can try to use a free Linux rescue tool to recover your data.
You can buy expensive Mac Tools like Diskwarrior or DataRescue.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 15, 2013 10:31 AM (in response to Daniel Hess)
You could also use an external HDD caddy to try and access the drive. I wouldn't recommend DataRescue (but only on anecdotal evidence from people I know) and the tools seem too expensive as bund said.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 15, 2013 11:50 AM (in response to edex67)
I use the external caddy as edex67 has suggested you try. This is probably the cheapest and easiest way to recover the pics providing that the hard drive is working. The only catch is you must remove the drive in order to attach to the adapter. Since you are not trying to resurect the iBook, the drive removal would be easier as disassembly would not have to be as cautious. Below links to disassembly and a source for an adapter.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 16, 2013 6:22 PM (in response to dalstott)
I think the external drive caddy hits the 'cheapest/most-likely-to-be-succesful' sweet spot! I just ordered one, thanks for the input! I'll post an update once I give it a shot. Thanks again, everybody.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 29, 2013 8:01 PM (in response to Daniel Hess)
Quick post-mortem, I tore the ol' iBook down maybe a week ago. The step-by-step tear-down guide made it a breeze, so thanks for that! I hooked the universal drive adapter to the HD ... and no dice. The HD clicks once or twice, gives a low humming attempt at spinning up, then stops. I tried everything, it's a dead drive. So it looks like 'pro' (expensive) data recovery is my only option. I don't regret getting the drive adapter though, as that thing's super handy, so I'm sure I'll use it in the future.
Thanks for the help, all!
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