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Thumb drive renders old Powerbook unoperable

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#1 Timisticus


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Posted 05 August 2013 - 11:21 PM

My wife has this ancient Powerbook (2000) that I'm working to transfer files from so we can get rid of it.  Yesterday I was moving files onto a thumb drive and had no issues.  Today, the computer freezes up/ slows waaaaay down when the thumb drive is in to the point where I can no longer get files onto it to finish removing things.  What can be done about this?  Any alternatives to getting the files off?  CD-drive is a read only so i can't just put stuff on a disk.


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Posted 06 August 2013 - 01:40 AM

If it's the firewire model you can try using Target Disk Mode to transfer the data to another Mac.

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Posted 10 August 2013 - 10:12 AM

If it's the firewire model you can try using Target Disk Mode to transfer the data to another Mac.

Or presumably it has an ethernet port. If so, then file sharing can be used to transfer files either by plugging the computer into a router with the other computer or by directly connecting the two computers together with an ethernet cable to another Mac (Macs typically will automatically adjust to crossover mode) or a crossover cable to a Windows machine (Windows computers traditionally did not have ethernet ports that would adjust to crossover mode).

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