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I have a Powerbook G4. The hard drive is having a problem. Target disk mode is always frozen in the middle of transfer. It took 3 days and it only copied 2 GB of data. Is it any way to recover it? Thanks.

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Hello,

I advice you check the service manual that came with your device, the solution to the prescribe issue should be address in the service manual, using this will be of good guide.

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