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Hi-

I have a friend who owns one of the more problematic iBooks with a notoriously faulty motherboard. The question I have relates to a procedure to secure all the data from his HDD.
I was hoping to use an external enclosure unit from an external HDD to hook up his HDD and mount it to my MacBookPro. I'm concerned the HDD cables from the HDD's external enclosure will not fit the iBook HDD.
Although I've worked on notebooks before, I've never had to swap HDDs, or even touch them. Any information would be appreciated.

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by:pheidius
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Sounds a little overcomplicated, but I need to know which ibook. Does it have fire wire or just USB and what OS is it running?  Does he think the drive is failing? Or is he planing to try to put a larger drive in it? Unfortunately, you cannot fire wire target mode boot a PPC Mac from an Intell one so that rules that out.  But you could still get all the data off that drive without removing it. Assuming you are using some flavor of OS X,  you can just use a program like carbon copy cloner of super duper and clone an entire boot able drive image of his iBook to an external USB or fire-wire drive.

http://www.bombich.com/software/ccc.html
http://www.shirt-pocket.com/SuperDuper/SuperDuperDescription.html
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by:WolfeTone32
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Hi Pheidius,

The problem is that the motherboard is no longer good and he doesn't want to replace it again. He just wants all of the data from his HDD. It's a iBook G3 running OS X.
My main concern is that the external enclosure is for a large SATA HDD. I pulled out the HDD from that unit and wonder if I could simply hook his up to that unit and access all of the data. Considering the iBook has an ATA 66 HDD, I didn't think the external enclosure's IDE cable would fit.
Apologies for the confusion. I don't think this was clearly stated in my initial post.

Thanks,

Stephen
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Thanks for the information, Pheidius.

Cheers,

Stephen
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