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Please help! How can I retrieve my old music library from old Hard drive

By vlprn4life ·
Can someone PLEASE help me? I am a grad student with little money so I cannot afford to pay anyone for this. My Windows Vista laptop crashed with my full music library on it. There were approximately 1,100 songs and 90% of the music wasn't purchased through iTunes. I threw away the laptop but removed the hard drive prior. Is there a way ( some device) that I can attach to the old hard drive that I have and remove the old music library? I was just wondering if there is a jump drive BIG enough to handle all that data? If not, what and how? My next issue will be attaching the removed music to my new laptop which is a refurbished iBookG4. I know this is asking alot but I am DESPERATE to not have to try to buy all of this music again.

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If the iBook has USB ports,

you can buy an external USB hard drive enclosure, mount your old hard drive in it,
then connect to your iBook USB port. If I remember correctly, Mac OSX can "read"
and copy files from Windows NTFS, but it can't "write" files to that file system.

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by vlprn4life In reply to If the iBook has USB port ...

Thank you soooo much. I see from another reply below, that this might be only about $15. I will try to resolve the issue this weekend. You're phenomenal!

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If you didn't encrypt the drive there isn't a problem

by OH Smeg In reply to Please help! How can I re ...

As Wiz said a USB Enclosure or a USB to SATA/IDE Lead will allow you to connect the HDD through a USB Port to your Mac and read it though you may have to take ownership of the Files/Folders and I'm not exactly sure how you would do that using any OSX OS.

http://www.silverstonetek .com/product_storage.php?tno=0&case=c_25external&area=en

http://www.amazon .com/USB-2-0-SATA-Converter-Cable/dp/B0018MCGVU
remember to remove the space from between the domain name and the .com for a working link.

However if you had any form of Encryption of the Windows System you only possibility is to fit that drive to the same Make & Model System and copy the data that you want off it to some form of external storage device unencrypted. When you encrypt the drive you are stooping anyone reading it in anything but the system Model it was originally in.

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by vlprn4life In reply to If you didn't encrypt the ...

Thank you soooo much!

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Crashed?

by info In reply to Please help! How can I re ...

And you say it 'crashed'. How so? Usually, it's corruption or failure of the hard drive itself that causes this. So after you've managed to get the drive connected, you may still face a bit of a battle retrieving the files from it.

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by vlprn4life In reply to Crashed?

Thanks. Noted!

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Once you have the needed cables...

by Slayer_ In reply to Please help! How can I re ...

If the drive doesn't work, sometimes throwing it in the fridge or freezer can buy you some life. A friend of mine got his drive to keep working long enough to get most of his files buy wrapping the drive in an ice pack and constantly changing it to keep it cold while it was running.

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by vlprn4life In reply to Once you have the needed ...

Wow! I didn't know this could even be a problem. Thanks for the suggestions

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by a.portman In reply to Please help! How can I re ...

wizard57m-cnet 's solution, (probably the best) is about $15. If by crashed you mean the hard drive stopped working, you have very few (like one) start of the hard drive left, so get everything ready, hook it up and copy everything right then.

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by vlprn4life In reply to Addendum

Great information! Thank you!

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