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08 January 2007 @ 04:31 am
Computers, dumb moves, and me. Part II.  

Well, that didn't work—the internal hard disk is still damaged. *sigh* I've done some poking around, and it looks as if my current strategy will be to install a new & different bootable hard drive, get it up and running, and buy a copy of Data Rescue II (which looks as if it might allow me to recover at least some of the files from the old disk) and run it from the new drive. Pooh. I didn't need this.

(Part I of this sad and evolving tale can be found here.)

Current Mood: crappycrappy
Gordonfishbliss on January 9th, 2007 04:27 am (UTC)
Want me to check out the Prosoft Engineering booth at MacWorld to see if they're running any show specials on Data Rescue II?

I've got Data Rescue II - it's a good tool.

Can your computer use a SATA (Serial ATA) hard drive?
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on January 9th, 2007 05:05 am (UTC)

Thanks ever so much, but no. I appreciate the offer, very much so, but OWC is selling Data Rescue II for $59.99 (which they say is 35% off retail), and that seems pretty reasonable to me. Yeah, ProSoft might well have a cheaper show special but this way I'll get it the same time as everything else (which looks now as if it will be Thursday, since two-day shipping from Chicago is pretty likely to get to Minneapolis in two days and I'm not quite desperate enough to want to pay for one-day overnight) and if they aren't having a show special I won't have to pay two shipping charges. If OWC were charging full retail I'd say "sure." I'm very glad to hear it's a good tool.

Come to think of it, though, if they have a show special on Prosoft Drive Genius 1.5 that beats $65 I would be interested in that—it looks like it might be a good/handy tool but I'm unsure enough that I'd either like to hear that it's really worth the money or get it cheaper (or both, eh?).

As for the SATA drives, according to both OWC's write-up and their customer support person I IM'ed with this morning, yes, our Blue & White G3 can indeed run them once I've installed the PCI controller card that comes with the package. If you're interested, here's the write-up.

What I am having trouble finding is a two-tier mounting rack for anchoring the drives inside the B&W G3 [and, unless the drives come with them, the half-a-bazillion little screws to hold the drive(s) to the bracket (do drives typically come with screws their own?)]. Any idea who sells them?

Spacecrabspacecrab on January 10th, 2007 09:27 pm (UTC)
There's another oddball procedure that might work, if you've got a Windows PC that you can plug the Mac hard drive into. Download a trial version of MacDrive for Windows and install it on the Windows PC. Then plug the Mac hard drive into the Windows machine. You get something like five free days on the MacDrive software, which reads Apple HFS+ partitions under Windows.

The Mac hard disk might be so mangled that MacDrive won't recognize it and give it a Windows drive letter, but on the other hand, it might recognize the partition. If MacDrive recognizes the HFS+ partition, you might be able to scrape up your documents from it, or even try a series of free *Windows* recovery utilities on it.