How can I restore data/photos from an old 3.5 hard drive?

June 27, 2013 at 15:00:13
Specs: Macintosh OSX 10.6.8, 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
My powermac g4 quicksilver is dead. So, I took out the 3.5 ide hard drive (Seagate) and placed it into a nexStar 3 enclosure. I made sure to place the hard drive on master. Then I tried to connect the external drive onto my iMac and a warning came up that read: "The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer" And the message game me choices to either Initialize, Ignore, or Eject. So I quickly ejected. Is there any other way to extract the date off my old drive? Thanks for any help!!

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June 27, 2013 at 15:47:57
Don't set it to Master. It's trying to boot off that drive which won't work in the Imac. Try setting it to Slave or Cable select. Boot the Imac as usual and once the os is loaded, try connecting the old drive and see if it shows up as an external drive. If it does, you can retrieve the old data off of it.

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June 28, 2013 at 09:04:29
Thanks for the quick reply!

I tried setting it to Slave/Cable, but unfortunately I got the same message that the disk was not readable, so I ejected it again. I called apple and they said it would be very expensive to extract data from an old hard drive. I was wondering if anyone knew how I can do it myself. I googled OpenFirmware, but I am hesitate to try b/c I don't know if I would make things worst! Here is the link with some info:
Is anyone familiar with this?

I also read you can freeze your hard drive??
Here the link for that:
Can this really work?

Grasshopper, thanks again for your input.

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June 28, 2013 at 09:26:06
I don't think putting it in the freezer will help. If the drive is fizzed, there's no way to recover anything. Since the drive came from a Mac, I don't think it a format problem either. If you know someone with a pc, try plugging it into that machine and see if it recognizes it. If not, it's probably shot. You have nothing to loose by trying the freezer trick, but I doubt it will work. Now you see the importance of backups. NEVER store valuable data on a hard drive. Always make a backup or two to a cd or dvd. Good Luck to you.

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September 6, 2013 at 03:17:34
connect the hard drive to a Windows computer, if still have problem, you may refer to this hard drive data recovery guide: External hard drive file recovery

hope this helps.

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