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Data transfer from ibook G3 that won't start

by canucksailor / December 12, 2009 3:58 AM PST

Hi - I've got an iBook G3 that won't start, no idea why. I've replaced it with a new MacBook (what an awesome machine), and I have data on the iBook that needs to be transferred. How do I go about this?
I'm presuming I will have to remove the G3 hard drive, but what then?


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Remove the drive
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / December 12, 2009 5:31 AM PST

and get a USB external enclosure for it.
Install the drive in the enclosure, it mounts on the desktop of the MacBook and you have all your data ready to be transferred.

Check out for a cheap enclosure that will take a 2.5" IDE hard drive.


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Remove the drive....
by canucksailor / December 12, 2009 5:57 AM PST
In reply to: Remove the drive

That would seem to be the answer I need - thank you very much for your help. Now, if I might ask one more question....the computer will not start up, at all. Any idea what could be the cause of that? It's likely that some water splashed on the computer, but what it did I have no idea. Where would I even begin to look?


p.s. thanks for the link to newegg - good prices for the enclosure!

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water and laptops
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / December 12, 2009 8:09 AM PST
In reply to: Remove the drive....

are not a good mix.
You could try removing the battery and trying to start it with just the AC adapter connected.

I guess you have tried the usual resetting procedures for that machine?


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Water and laptops...
by canucksailor / December 13, 2009 9:08 AM PST
In reply to: water and laptops

When you say resetting procedures, I'm not entirely sure what you mean. My problem is that I get nothing at all - as if there is no power coming in. However, I haven't tried to start up with just the AC adapter and will try that next.
I did try connecting via firewire to another mac to see if I could pick up my h/d, but nothing - I'm assuming that's because the iBook didn't start up.
Open to any other suggestions....


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