5 Replies Latest reply: Feb 26, 2012 8:56 AM by Allan Jones
Mr. Mctev Level 1 Level 1

I have tried to migrate hardrive content from the emac to

our imac with no luck. We still need to get eveything off the emac.

What is the best way to do this? Take the hard drive out and then what?

We have a macbook in the same situation if you can answer that one too.




  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10

    Hi Kevin,


    How did you try to Migrate exactly?


    With how hard it is to remove the drive, what I'd try & should work is to put the eMac in to Target mode...




    You'll likely need a 6 pin<->9 pin FW cable if the newer one doesn't have FW400...




    This will make the eMac appear as a FW Drive to the iMac, then you only need Migration Assistant running on the iMac & use the from TM or other HDD choice.



  • Mr. Mctev Level 1 Level 1


    Thanks for the response.

    It's been some time since I tried to migrate but

    bought the 6-9 pin cord and coud not get the hard drive to show on my imac.

    The main problem was i could not see anything on the emac monitor because the

    video card is gone.

    So the people at the mac store said my only option is take out the hard drive.

    My laptop won't power on any more so I can't migrate from it either.


    So I need to know the best way to get content offf of both hard drives now,




  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10

    Well, you may end up having to pull the drive, but you did try booting the eMac holding the t key down long enough?


    Not easy as I said, & potentially dangerous...




    http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/emac/faq/emac-replace-or-upgrade-hard-driv e-expansion.html

  • my ginger Level 4 Level 4

    Emac's have a separate video board like the g3 imac's. If you get a chime at startup it's the monitor. There is a mini vga port on the side that needs a special adapter to use an external monitor. If no startup chime it's the board and you will have to remove the hard drive.  Not for the faint of heart. I did it on my daughters Emac and it's the hardest drive I ever changes of any mac i"ve ever did. The macbook , if it's not the one with built in battery is easy. Remove the battery remove the ram cover and your there. To get the drive out of the Emac, you need a small allen wrench and a phillips screw driver.The drive is behind the optical drive in a frame thats connected to the power board.

  • Allan Jones Level 7 Level 7

    The outer cases of the older eMacs with USB 1.1 are slightly different than the newer ones having USB 2.0. A lot of people have damaged their power switch during take apart or reassembly by following the instructions for the older models while actually working on a newer one.


    Of course, if the video hardware is shot, reassembly and future reuse may not be an issue.


    This article:




    will help you discover whether yours is a USB 1.1 or 2.1 logic board from the serial number config codes. It it's USB 2.0, the codes are in the top two sections:


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