The hard drive on my ibook G4 was getting full so I transferred a lot of important files to the Soyo Cigar for safekeeping and to free up some space.
I didn't use it very often, but recently when I tried to retrieve some info from it, my computer didn't recognize it at all (via usb). When held up to my ear, I could hear faint familiar clicking sounds, but also ominous grinding, too. It seemed like it wanted to work, but couldn't. I had a couple of my computer saavy friends give it a go, but no joy. I even took everything down to the Genius Bar at the local Apple store where one of the specialist agreed the Soyo as "dead/failed".
Needless to say, I was shocked and devastated by the news and as a last ditch effort, decided to ask for assistance here, hoping there might be some alternative methods of extracting files from a damaged Soyo Cigar.
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Re: Desperate to retrieve files from a failed unit...
Sorry for the late response, I was poking around history and found your posting. If you?re still around and these files are important your best bet at recover is trying a professional data recovery service. They are expensive but they will probably be able to retrieve you data. I?ve used Ontrack recovery before with good results: http://www.ontrack.com/special/0704drtmpgooglesoftware.aspx?psearch=google
Hope things work out well.
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In order to change your admin password if you don't know it you will have to re-install your operating system. Without the CD that contains your operating system you'll need to purchase a new one from a near-by Apple Store or order one online. You can order the Snow Leopard operating system from Amazon for about $40 here (a standard 1 user account). Make sure to back up your important files on an external hard drive first though because this will clear your computer's hard drive. Hope this helped!
If you are not using the AC adapter (you are using only the battery), then the battery may be dead - simply replace the battery. If you are plugged into the wall, and the light on the power cord, where it meets the computer, is green, the unit is receiving power. If the unit is receiving power and it will not boot at all, then either the motherboard or the hard drive is most likely problem. You can replace the board, but it may end up being more expensive on an older G4 than it is worth. Once you are able to determine if the unit is receiving power, the only thing you can really do from there is take it to a repair shop and have them perform a test on the power supply, hard drive and/or the motherboard to see which one of those is causing the problem. If the hard drive is fine, you will most likely be able to recover your files.
well there is a solution so first check the type of hard drive in your ibook and check if any of your friends have an ibook, if so replace hard drive with yours and you can extract your data if your hard drive is working.
Transferring you iPhoto Library requires the same version of iPhoto on each. Then you can just move the "package" from one to the other. It appears as a package in the latest versions but inside is a directory hierarchy. Older versions used the file system for this. The package keeps you from messing with the files and internal links. Depending on your collection you may need a real disk and not just a flash drive.
To transfer the photos themselves only requires exporting from one machine and importing on the other. However, you then lose any comments, folders, and anything but the photos. You may want to be sure to send the copy with red-eye correction... or you will have to do it again. Do it a folder at a time.
Computer technology moves swiftly and your aging G4 is a casualty in that movement. I suggest purchasing an external hard drive and move your audio files and your video fines to the new drive. Another option is to purchase a larger internal drive for your G4 but the disadvantage it going this route will not be easily transfered to a new computer in the future. The external will give you the freedom to move it from machine to machine.
Have you looked at disk #2 to make sure no scratches or sticky fingerprints?? Usually when you get an error on 2nd media its issues with this and or when you boot to fist disk goto utilities and check the hard dirve to see if its not failing at a point also make sure your doing a full restore and not archieve install
Freezing is a HD problem. Do you hear clicking sometimes? Sometimes on boot up is there a foler with a questionmark in it? I would get your hard drive looked at, this is the reason disc utility fails. Your hard drive has a hiccup.