Help wanted to extract files from a Performa 5400 hard drive

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Help wanted to extract files from a Performa 5400 hard drive

Postby tezza on Sun Mar 25, 2012 10:02 pm

Hi,

I was sent the letter below tonight. If anyone can help, please contact Barry directly. He is happy to have his request posted up here. His email is pwhit@xtra.co.nz

Hi,

This is just a general enquiry regarding an old Mac, a Performa 5400 and I discovered on a website that you were interested in them, but I don't know if that is still the case.

My old Mac was started up recently and seemed to work ok but when I tried it again this morning, nothing.

There is the usual Mac chimes as if it would start up but nothing after that, even the monitor does not display which it had done previously.

The thing is, there is an old Claris Works (I still have the program discs) file on the Mac that I would like to get off but I tried to write it to floppy disc when I had started the Mac previously but it would not write. Is there anyway of accessing the hard drive to retrieve the file?

I don't know if you can help or would be interested but if I can retrieve the file somehow that would be great and I would be happy for you to keep the Mac and accessories (Global Village modem etc.) if you are interested.

If you are unable to help with the Mac, would you have any contacts that may be able to help in someway.

Your help in this would be greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards,
Barry Whitfield
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Re: Help wanted to extract files from a Performa 5400 hard drive

Postby Carcenomy on Mon Mar 26, 2012 4:26 pm

Emailed him. Should be an easy job - the 5400 is an IDE drive. IDE to USB adapter and into another Mac and away you go. :)
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Re: Help wanted to extract files from a Performa 5400 hard drive

Postby tezza on Mon Mar 26, 2012 9:15 pm

Yes I thought one of you guys could handle it. Unfortunately all my Macs are too old!
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Re: Help wanted to extract files from a Performa 5400 hard drive

Postby A Hitman on Mon Apr 02, 2012 11:35 am

Mission Accomplished!
I recovered the files for him, just used a USB enclosure and copied the files off with Ubuntu.
Would of been easier if I still had a mac of the same vintage though.
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Re: Help wanted to extract files from a Performa 5400 hard drive

Postby Carcenomy on Tue Apr 03, 2012 6:02 pm

Good stuff dude, he was talking driving places to get the job done... but getting a whole Performa down here would have been a total arse of a job! :lol:
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Re: Help wanted to extract files from a Performa 5400 hard drive

Postby tezza on Tue Apr 03, 2012 8:44 pm

Yes, well done guys. He wrote to me to thank everyone on the boards who offered to help. He's very pleased and relieved to recover his data.
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