7 Replies Latest reply: Jun 29, 2013 4:22 PM by toecutter2
toecutter2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Last week I had to replace the harddrive on my 2008 Macbook when it crashed while attempting to upgrade the OS to 10.6.8.  Compuzone replaced and installed a new hardrive. I was using a Western Digital hardrive to backup Time Machine. After getting my Macbook back I turned it on and used the Migration Assistant to migrate my data. But, alas! I still can't find my music, pics and docs that were on the previous harddrive. When I click on the external hardrive I can not see anything. No pics or music.  I thought I might drag and drop but I can't even find the files.

 

What am I doing wrong? Is it possible I might not have set up Time Machine correctly and none of my personal valuables had been backed up fro the last 5 years. Am I going to have to shell out another 200 bones for a data extraction from the old hard drive? What a bummer! Can you help a brother out?


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  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (90,705 points)

    Migration Assistant creates a new user with the migrated data. Go to  > Log Out, and log in the new user Migration Assistant created, so you will access to your data

  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,315 points)

    toecutter2 wrote:

     

    Last week I had to replace the harddrive on my 2008 Macbook when it crashed while attempting to upgrade the OS to 10.6.8.  Compuzone replaced and installed a new hardrive.

     

     

     

    First off the hard drive likley didn't need replacing if software was the cause of the crash, however bad sectors on the hard drive can also cause this and that is usually caused mostly by users moving a hard drive while it's operating. So as a result to cure all possibilities the drive is replaced especially on a 5 year old machine.

     

    So all in all I say this was a right choice for your older machine to do, but your older drive is likely not dead, which is good thing.

     

     

    Am I going to have to shell out another 200 bones for a data extraction from the old hard drive?

     

    You can purchase a inexpensive SATA to USB adapter and connect the old drive, then when it mounts Finder > Get Info and at the bottom "Ignore Permissions on this volume" and drag and drop files to your hearts content.

     

    IF the drive doesn't mount, try to repair in Disk Utiliy and if it still won't mount or says "can't repair" then you will have to install Data Rescue on the new machine and then connect another extenral drive (for output) and let Data Rescue $100 work to recover files (even some deleted ones will appear)

     

    So it only get expensive if the drive is stubborn, if your OS X upgrade problem was only software/bad sector related then it shoud be rather easy to recover files.

     

     

    If TM doesn't work, then you know your next move.

     

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    Combine two+ Users Accounts on the same machine

  • toecutter2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Update:

     

    First of thanks to ds store.  I am halfway there. Your instuctions above worked perfectly.  The SATA to USB adapter was $20 dollars. The old hard drive is popping up on finder. I can drag and drop apps from the old harddrive to my destktop. But one problem: When I attempt to open the app I get this message: "You can't use this version of the application Address Book with this version of Mac OS X." Since I am running 10.6.8 on the new hardrive, the apps from the old hardive and OS can't open.  In the beginning I decided to start small drag and drop first with my old address book.  When I attemp to open after drag/drop I get "You have Address Book 4.1.2."

     

    The research I seen so far says older versons of apps are ot compatible with Snow Leopard.

     

    I am at a loss now.  Any suggestions?

  • toecutter2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Update 2:

    So far I recovered all my music.  iPhoto is a differant question though. While accessing iPhoto on the ole HD, I get this message: "The iPhoto Library is on a locked volume.  Relaunch iPhoto when the volume has read/write accees or relaunch iPhoto with <option> key held down to choose another library."

     

    I have turned off and on "Ignore Permission on this Volume" to no avial. More research is needed.

  • toecutter2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Update 2:

    So far I recovered all my music.  iPhoto is a differant question though. While accessing iPhoto on the ole HD, I get this message: "The iPhoto Library is on a locked volume.  Relaunch iPhoto when the volume has read/write accees or relaunch iPhoto with <option> key held down to choose another library."

     

    I have turned off and on "Ignore Permission on this Volume" to no avial. More research is needed.

  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,315 points)

    toecutter2 wrote:

     

    "The iPhoto Library is on a locked volume.  Relaunch iPhoto when the volume has read/write accees or relaunch iPhoto with <option> key held down to choose another library."

     

    When you hold the option/alt key down while launching iPhoto, you can choose other iPhoto Libraries on other volumes, however this is not what you want to do really.

     

    Instead right or control click on the iPhoto Library and "show package contents" inside is a folder called "Originals" or "Masters" and inside contains your original photo's which you can drag and drop copy out to the new internal drive to the Desktop, and then "import" into the iPhoto which will place them into it's new iPhoto Libray on your internal boot drive.

     

     

    When I attempt to open after drag/drop I get "You have Address Book 4.1.2."

     

    Run Software Update, it might upgrade that AddressBook to the current version and thus you should be able to open the program.

     

    However I doubt your old address book files are in the program itself,  rather it's stored likely in the Users/Library folder someplace, I don't know exactly.

     

    Apple was making AddressBook contact their servers despite not having a dot Mac account sometime ago and I thought that was incredibly rude, unnecessary and a piracy concern, so I haven't used it again.

     

    So you will have to research where your old AddressBook file is located and how to extract it's contents. Sorry

  • toecutter2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Dude, you are the man! I didn't see a "This solved my question" button on your last response but your suggestion is totally working. I'm busy dragging my pics over to the new HD iPhoto.

     

    Now if I can solve that pesky Address Book problem.  Having the same issue trying to recover important dates from my iCal.

     

    Thanks again, ds store!