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    Need tech help (my mom is a retard)

    Our iMac began crashing upon startup last night. I went into single-user mode and the error seemed to show a full hard drive. It would just black screen after the Apple logo.

    I told my mom I'd see what I could do the next day. There was lots of personal info, pics, docs, etc. there.

    Next day, she's given in the computer for repair. The repair man installed a new hard drive and now the old one is in my hand. How the fuck do I get the data? According to the repair man 'there is no data showing on it'.

    Any items I can buy to DIY it? Since I don't wanna spend on recovery services

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    Quote Originally Posted by Light View Post
    Our iMac began crashing upon startup last night. I went into single-user mode and the error seemed to show a full hard drive. It would just black screen after the Apple logo.

    I told my mom I'd see what I could do the next day. There was lots of personal info, pics, docs, etc. there.

    Next day, she's given in the computer for repair. The repair man installed a new hard drive and now the old one is in my hand. How the fuck do I get the data? According to the repair man 'there is no data showing on it'.

    Any items I can buy to DIY it? Since I don't wanna spend on recovery services
    Unless you do a low level format or wipe your disk, there's no way you can't recover anything. In such case, there would be a mass damage over the disk surface, and neither the OS would appear on screen, it would just keep in black.
    Said that, I'm sorry to tell you that you will need to buy one of the following, eventually: Sata cable (in case you have a desk computer or by somehow your iMac has another Sata slot)/External HDD-SSD/Pendrive

    I'm an experienced technician, and I can help you with this for some money. In case you're interested, chat me on Skype (click on the image at my signature to add me) and include this:

    -How old is your HDD? Had it made any 'clock' sound when you turned your iMac on? What had you been doing when it stopped working? Was there any energy shutdown recently? Have you got a desk PC?
    -Open up the back of the iMac and take some photos for me (specially in the place for the HDD).

    Once we sort the things above I'd be able to give an approximate price for this
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    damn its a mac thats why there has to be some way the repairman can recover it though

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    Just create a new partition and the computer is good as new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Light View Post
    Any items I can buy to DIY it? Since I don't wanna spend on recovery services
    Get an external hard drive dock plug it to a PC (I'm not sure if it can read the data on there), then transfer the data over to another external hard drive or flash drive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Light View Post
    Our iMac began crashing upon startup last night. I went into single-user mode and the error seemed to show a full hard drive. It would just black screen after the Apple logo.

    I told my mom I'd see what I could do the next day. There was lots of personal info, pics, docs, etc. there.

    Next day, she's given in the computer for repair. The repair man installed a new hard drive and now the old one is in my hand. How the fuck do I get the data? According to the repair man 'there is no data showing on it'.

    Any items I can buy to DIY it? Since I don't wanna spend on recovery services
    Show some respect to your mom you little shit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gab View Post


    Show some respect to your mom you little shit
    lol fats u a funny dude


     
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    lol fats u a funny dude
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gab View Post


    y u call me fat
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    Okay, so I got the hard drive dock and plugged it into my Windows laptop. It didn't show up, but after some digging I saw it was there in the Device Manager showing as a Removable USB device.

    I downloaded a bunch of hardware recovery tools but none of them even seemed to detect the hard drive. (If it helps, every time I plugged it in the hard drive started whirring and buzzing like it normally did inside the Mac).

    What I'm planning to do is to try and use the Mac itself to recover the hard drive instead of trying it with a Windows laptop. Would that make any difference (due to the different formatting)?

    Thanks for the responses

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    Quote Originally Posted by Light View Post
    Okay, so I got the hard drive dock and plugged it into my Windows laptop. It didn't show up, but after some digging I saw it was there in the Device Manager showing as a Removable USB device.

    I downloaded a bunch of hardware recovery tools but none of them even seemed to detect the hard drive. (If it helps, every time I plugged it in the hard drive started whirring and buzzing like it normally did inside the Mac).

    What I'm planning to do is to try and use the Mac itself to recover the hard drive instead of trying it with a Windows laptop. Would that make any difference (due to the different formatting)?

    Thanks for the responses
    Pretty sure you can't read the drive on Windows since it's formatted to the Mac specification (HFS+). I would insert the old drive back into the Mac, install Linux(ie Ubuntu since it's free) on a USB or CD drive, then run Linux and see if you can copy the files from the hard drive to a separate USB.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cataclypse View Post


    Pretty sure you can't read the drive on Windows since it's formatted to the Mac specification (HFS+). I would insert the old drive back into the Mac, install Linux(ie Ubuntu since it's free) on a USB or CD drive, then run Linux and see if you can copy the files from the hard drive to a separate USB.
    Thanks.

    So I used the case to plug it into Mac. It's not showing up in Finder nor in Disk Utility .-.

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    Plug it back into the windows laptop, and head to "Disk Management" (It's an application on your laptop installed already). If your laptop detected it, screenshot the whole page and upload it to imgur then link it here. Make sure to tag me so I can see see your reply.

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    @Light the hard drive is probably HFS or whatever the mac bs format is, on ur pc just make a VM for OSX and you will have full access.

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