2151 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: May 24, 2009 9:56 AM by saturnisyours
saturnisyours, welcome to Apple Discussions.
Did you follow this procedure? How to Use Firewire Target Disk Mode
Is you Mac Book Pro an Intel Mac & what OS?
Thanks for replying, Texas mac man!
I followed the TDM procedure described on the page to which you directed me, which was the same as the procedure I was following before, but I tried it again, anyway, just to be sure. Still nothing.
The Pro I'm using is an Intel mac running Leopard, 10.5.6
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Can your other computer see the drive if you check with Disk Utility? If the drive has failed to the extent that it won't mount then it probably won't show up in TDM on another computer. Usually Disk Utility will at least confirm the presence of another drive even if the drive has a bad directory and won't mount.
If DU will see the other drive you have various choices. You might be able to repair the drive with Disk Utility (somewhat limited in its abilities) or a more powerful tool such as Diskwarrior. If those won't repair the drive you can use various file recovery utilities such as DataRescue II to try and recover the files.
One of the first things I did was look in DU, and no, the targeted drive does not appear there either.
I suppose I will have to go the route of hard drive data retrieval. Do you recommend DataRescue II for this, or are there other methods you (or anybody reading this) prefer.
Thanks again for your response....
Data Rescue has gotten good reviews in Apple Discussions. So buy a Leopard compatible copy.
Here's a plan you might consider.
1. Buy an external hard drive enclosure that connects via firewire. (Note - enclosures are usually for 3.5" HDs, but also buy a 3.5"-to-2.5" connector adapter. Your iBook has a 2.5" HD.)
2. Remove the iBook's HD. Instructions at this site. Fix It Guides for Mac Laptops & Mini http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/
The guides can be viewed on-line or you can download a PDF file.
3. Install the failed HD in the enclosure & connect to your MB Pro.
4. See if the "failed" HD is now detected. If so retrieve the files.
5. If not, use DataRescue and (cross your fingers) retrieve the important files from your failed HD.
1. Buy another 2.5" HD for the iBook & install it.
2. Buy a 3.5" HD of at least 250GB and install it in the external enclosure. Partition it with one partition for your iBook and another partition for your MB Pro.
3. Use the external HD to backup, frequently, the files on the iBook & MB Pro. (Don't you wish you had done this prior to your problem. All HDs are going to fail, sooner or later.)
I know this thread's a little stale, but I'm busy in my professional life and am approaching this deliberately, so as to not make mistakes.
TMM, you and others recommend Data Rescue ("buy a Leopard compatible copy", you said).
I have done so. However, the Data rescue users guide says that "If Disk Utility can see (the targeted disc), Data Rescue should be able to also; if Disk Utility can’t, then Data Rescue won’t be able to either."
I had already established earlier in this thread that Disk Utility doesn't read the disc from which I'm trying to retrieve data.
What made you think to suggest that Data Rescue could do the trick here? How, in good conscience, could you have suggested I buy it?
I think that's a fair question.
I hope you understand why I'm asking.
Is there something else I should know about using this product properly?