Powerbook 1400 as a target drive.

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Powerbook 1400 as a target drive.

Last year the screen gave out on my Powerbook 1400/133 running OS8. I just bought a MacBook with OS X and the Intel processor and have been stumped as to how to get at least my files off the old powerbook. I can hear the old 1400 starting up, I just can't see what's going on or navigate in it. Any ideas on how to get the old drive into the new Macbook?

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you need a apple SCSI target

you need a apple SCSI target disk mode cable (google for it), and a USB to SCSI adapter. Check your IDs, and you should see it mounted on the desktop of your macbook.

If that does not work, come back, and i'll figure something else out.

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how about pulling the HD out

Thanks for the tip. I think the solutions are getting simpler. I found a few scsi to USB2 CONVERTERS. They were about 80-$100 US. That's almost as much as my local tech service charges for a disk migration. While looking for this cable I found another suggestion to use a "USB 2.0 To IDE 2.5" 3.5" 2 Connector Adapter Cable IUJA" such as:
http://www.pcmicrostore.com/partdetail.aspx?q=p:10502969&kbid=1237
These are about $10-15. Question is, will my new osX support this solution? These cables seem to come with driver software. Does this sound like the right path?

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how about pulling the HD out

Thanks for the tip. I think the solutions are getting simpler. I found a few scsi to USB2 CONVERTERS. They were about 80-$100 US. That's almost as much as my local tech service charges for a disk migration. While looking for this cable I found another suggestion to use a "USB 2.0 To IDE 2.5" 3.5" 2 Connector Adapter Cable IUJA" such as:
http://www.pcmicrostore.com/partdetail.aspx?q=p:10502969&kbid=1237
These are about $10-15. Question is, will my new osX support this solution? These cables seem to come with driver software. Does this sound like the right path?

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AFAIK, OS X fully supports SC

AFAIK, OS X fully supports SCSI, but what you are talking about is a USB to IDE cable. That will not work. I know there was a board to convert an IDE hard drive to work in a SCSI bus on a laptop, but I don't know if the reverse is true.

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Why not pull the old HD out o

Why not pull the old HD out of the PowerBook and connect it via an external enclosure? Enclosures are much cheaper that SCSI -> USB adapters and it is a fairly straight froward process.

edit: Yes the adapter would work. Smile

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IDE-USB adapter, and you're done, for $15

1. Buy a USB-IDE adapter, which includes a connection for a 2.5" laptop drive. (The adapter usually also includes an AC adapter in case the USB bus can't power the drive.). Try here:

http://dealmac.com/search.html?search=ide+usb+adapter&x=0&y=0

2. Remove the 1400's hard drive.

3. Attach HD to adapter, and adapter to new Mac. Transfer files.

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Matt

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In for $15

OK I checked and the hard drive is EIDE inside, so I'll give the USB to IDE cable a try. Thanks for the tip.

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SCSI target

Ok, I see you're going a different route now, but just for future reference you should never use a 1400 as a SCSI target if the internal drive is larger than 4GB. There's a firmware bug that can corrupt disks larger than that size in target mode.

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