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Question: the display on my Imac failed. Can I hook it up to my new Imac and recover the data?

The display on my old Imac failed. When I try to boot up the display shows a lot of lines. I took it to the genius bar and they confirmed that it appeared to be a display problem. Can I hook it up to my new Imac and recover data?

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The iMac's internal hard disk drive will appear to a new one just like any external hard disk drive, in that you will need to navigate to each Users folder to extract their contents.


Presumably you ought to be able to use Startup Manager: How to choose a startup disk on your Mac - Apple Support. I haven't verified that recently but try it.

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Nov 18, 2017 6:27 PM in response to John Galt In response to John Galt

Thank you John. My old iMac was set up with 3 users and I used a password to log in to my account. Since the screen on the old iMac is not working how will I navigate to my login and enter my password? Will target disk mode walk me thru that?

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Nov 20, 2017 12:23 PM in response to atlas5656 In response to atlas5656

The iMac's internal hard disk drive will appear to a new one just like any external hard disk drive, in that you will need to navigate to each Users folder to extract their contents.


Presumably you ought to be able to use Startup Manager: How to choose a startup disk on your Mac - Apple Support. I haven't verified that recently but try it.

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Question: the display on my Imac failed. Can I hook it up to my new Imac and recover the data?