[nSLUG] Recovering data from a drive

Tony Abou-Assaleh taa at acm.org
Mon Oct 4 11:55:11 ADT 2010

On Fri, Oct 1, 2010 at 12:29 PM, Nancy <nancy at esnesnon.com> wrote:

> Hi All,
> I'll pop out of lurk-mode for a moment to jump in on this one... I had the
> drive fail on my Macbook a few years back and was able to get it to boot
> long enough to recover some of the files. I wrote up a blog post on it when
> it happened but that blog is no longer around. I'll have a look over the
> weekend and see if I can find an archive of the post. But as I recall, I
> used the tools disk that came with the Mac, and was able to connect remotely
> to the machine and scp at least some of the files from the machine. I'm
> assuming that I put it into some sort of single user mode.
> Does the drive still spin at all? It may be possible to start the Macbook
> in target disk mode and use it as a firewire drive long enough to get
> recover your photos.
> Good luck! And I'll get back re: the blog post.

Hi Nancy,

I tried the firewire drive trick, as well as putting the drive in a USB
enclosure. The drive spins but is not visible.

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