Eric at on 17 Jul 2010 09:42:00 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Old hard drive laying around?

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The only reason the HD version is important is because it has stopped spinning
and I'm trying to do a "cheap" recovery of the data (if possible.)  I will soon
put a new HD in the old G4 but that's not going to get the data off of the old HD.

If I can find a similar (hopefully identical) circuit card I MAY be able to get
the old drive to work - at least long enough to extract the data from it.

Hence, my odd request.


On 07/17/2010 09:54 AM, Amul Shah wrote:
> HD brand and model are not important in Desktop Macs.  For Laptop Macs, go to
> NewEgg and read the reviews by Mac owners.
> The only thing that is important is the interface, which should be IDE for you. 
> You might have a disk capacity limitation based on older hardware (for the
> jokers: Intel machines of the same age have similar limitations).  If you have
> disks lying around, put one of them in there an reinstall.
> Which model G4 do you have?
> HTH,
> Amul
> On Jul 16, 2010, at 2:39 PM, Eric at wrote:
> Doug:
> Since I'm trying to swap the electronics on the drive I suspect that brand is
> essential and model is probably important.  This is a 180 Gig Western Digital
> Caviar drive so I'm guessing that at least a WD Caviar of similar capacity would
> be required.  Please let me know if you have any WD Caviar drives in the bunch.
> All I have is a boat-load of old Maxtor drives and a couple of Seagate
> Barracudas.
> At my wife's suggestion I'm looking at ebay and craig's list too.
> Thanks
> Eric
> On 07/16/2010 01:08 PM, Douglas Muth wrote:
>>>> On Fri, Jul 16, 2010 at 12:59 PM, Eric at <> wrote:
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>>>>> My son's G4 Mac died and apparently it's due to the hard drive not working.  I
>>>>> put the drive in an external case and it did not spin-up so I suspect the
>>>>> electronics board is bad.
>>>>> I'd like to try swapping the electronics to see if we can get it working.  If
>>>>> anyone has an old Western Digital Caviar WD1800 (IDE) drive laying around and
>>>>> they'd be willing to donate it or sell it for a small sum you'd make a certain
>>>>> 18 year old music fan VERY happy.
>>>> Does it have to be that specific brand and model?
>>>> I was actually going through some old hard drives last night and still
>>>> hvae some working ones that you can have (once I wipe them).
>>>> -- Doug
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