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Can I use a G3 Imac Hard drive as an external HD for a PC?

by firetrick / June 17, 2006 2:12 AM PDT

I have (had) a G3 Imac. It broke, no one quite sure what was wrong. All I wanted was the hard drive, so I removed it. I now would like to put a case on this Mac hard drive (30 Gig G3 Imac Graphite DV) and use it as an external hard drive through a HP Pavillion, WIndows XP. I do not need anything from the hard drive, with the exception of the MP3's and sound files (very important, nearly 12 days of music, plus demo songs of mine. Also, some documents from Word maybe, usually saved in RTF format.) Can I accomplish this? Should I go to a professional?

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Hard Drive
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / June 17, 2006 3:07 AM PDT

Yes, you can use this HD as an external for your HP Pavillion BUT, to do so you will have to reformt the drive into something that the HP can understand. Currently it is formatted as HFS+, which is kinda like NTFS, but Windows cannot read it without the aid of third party software.
As you know, reformatting the HD will destroy ALL the data currently stored on it.
If you know someone who has a Mac and a DVD burner, you could put the drive into a case (the original plan) connect it to the mac and suck the required data off it. Burn it to a number of DVD's, test them, reformat and go back to the PC.
Alternatively, you could go to a professional who MUST be Mac savvy and get them to extract the data to DVD's.
As a matter of interest, what were the symptoms of the "broke" iMac. I couldn't have been a dead HD, could it?


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Hard drive
by firetrick / June 17, 2006 3:38 AM PDT
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Thanks for the speedy response. I am a huge Mac fan, so finding a friend with many is not difficult. The symptoms include not turning on, turning on and shutting off whenever (usually less than 10 min. after startup, and occasionly during startup.) It isn't the hard drive I don't believe because I could access any program or file at any time. I was told it could have been : fan/overheating, bad memory, bad power supply, etc. Fan worked, memory was switched around into different slots. I didn't feel like a 5-6 year Imac was worth spending money to fix, all I really wanted back was some of the data. However, cracking open the Imac shell like an egg was a serious blow to my emotions!

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Good luck
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / June 17, 2006 3:53 AM PDT
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You're right, it does not sound like a HD problem.

Glad you will be able to find someone to help you.

Let us know how you got on


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by ike1990 / June 16, 2011 6:50 AM PDT
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i do have a BIG Quiestion can i use a IMAC os x2 hd and format it and use it for a exhd for window 7?

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Most likely but
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 16, 2011 6:54 AM PDT
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What a x2 hd? I can guess you butchered the IMAC os x to mean you have some iMac, and the drive might be formatted for Mac OS X but when I hit x2 I couldn't decode it.

But so far, ALL hard drives I've pulled from Apple machines since about 1990 were re-usable.

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