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November 23rd, 2006

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Will This Work With an apple hard drive and a windows computer?

I have a powermac g4 that has a bad power supply. i can remove the hard drive and it is a standard 3.5 inch ide hard drive. can i put that apple hard drive in a pc and boot?

Hi Mike:

Mr. Vomit was partially right: you can't "boot" a PC using a MacOS-formatted drive. But you should be able to recover files from the Apple drive, by either setting its jumpers as a "Secondary" or "Slave" drive, and use your desktop PC's internal DC connections and an IDE ribbon cable to connect it. No need to "wipe" a perfectly good drive & data!

If you don't change the drive's jumpers, you PC may have a conflict as to which drive to boot from at power-up.

You can also buy an inexpensive external IDE-to-USB drive enclosure (make sure it's designed to power 3.5" desktop drives, and not just 2.5" & smaller laptop drives). That way you could hook your old Apple drive to either a Mac or a PC and recover files and programs via a USB port. An external drive enclosure will also typically eliminate the need for you to change the drive's jumper settings. (Handy, if you are kinda new to messing with hard drives & jumper settings.)

Shop around eBay or a local computer surplus / swap meet for a replacement G4 Tower power supply (or a gutted Power Mac case with the power supply intact), and you should be able to resurrect your Mac to full working status.

Hope this helps,
--Dennis C.

UPDATE edit: Just saw Brandon's comments, and he may be thinking in terms of Intel-based MacOS's & hardware (such as the current PowerBOOK series laptops — not the PowerMAC PowerPC-based machines like the G4). I don't know of any PC that will boot a PowerPC drive's OS without the proper Apple BIOS ROM chips involved.

Most modern Windows OS's can handle HFS-formatted drives, and free utilities such as "hfsutils" (or MacOpen / MacOpener ) make it easy to read & recover files. (See link below.)

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