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      • #2298841 Reply
        wavy
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        I have an old MacBook with a bad backlight given to me with lots of tunes on it. Some may not be itune tunes and I was thinking of seeing if I could extract the HDD and use a PC with USB HDD case to looks at what is there.
        Is that feasible? I recall Apple had a weird (to me) file system in use.

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      • #2298847 Reply
        PKCano
        Da Boss

        Backlight for keyboard? display?
        If display, can you attach an external monitor and boot it up? Then copy the data to a flash drive/external HDD?
        Paragon has a free NTFS for Mac that allows me to use my external HDDs on both Mac and Windows OSs. Also, FAT32 is readable on both systems, so a 128GB flash drive with that format is usable on the Mac.

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      • #2298850 Reply
        Alex5723
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        Windows OS can’t read HFS Mac formatted drive but there are Windows apps that can.
        Windows OS can read Mac drives formatted with exFAT.

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      • #2298863 Reply
        anonymous
        Guest

        If the disk in the Macbook is formatted for the HFS+ filesystem, then you might try the 10-day free trial of Paragon’s HFS+ software.   Pretty sure they have something similar for APFS too.  If the Macbook is/was running High Sierra (or higher) it’s probably using APFS, older versions would be using HFS+.

        Everything could most likely be done with an Ubuntu installer usb too, although it might be more complicated in the case of APFS.

        I use one of these for this sort of thing, more convenient than a USB case.

         

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        • #2298865 Reply
          PKCano
          Da Boss

          I use Seagate external drives and get the software free from the Seagate website for both NTFS and HFS+ translators.

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      • #2298956 Reply
        wavy
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        If display, can you attach an external monitor and boot it up? Then copy the data to a flash drive/external HDD?

        Yes it does have some sort of proprietary socket that has a |

          Π

        | (box surrounded by vertical lines)

        symbol that looks like a monitor. Not available at present. I am guessing dissection is in order….

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        • This reply was modified 3 weeks, 5 days ago by wavy.
        • #2298972 Reply
          PKCano
          Da Boss

          That sounds like a Thunderbolt/mini display port?
          Thunderbolt/mini display port -> VGA adapter.
          There is also ->DVI or HDMI

          IMG_0388

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      • #2299061 Reply
        wavy
        AskWoody Plus

        I think it predates Thunderbolt. I see that it is a

        Male Mini-DVI plug on top of a 12-inch PowerBook G4; female port is second from left.

        And maybe I have a PowerBook not macbook

        Gonna dissect it, tried to find break down but likely searched for Macbook will try again

        Edit
        Nope it is a MACBOOK. found it @ https://www.ifixit.com/Device/MacBook_Core_2_Duo

        🙂

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        • #2299063 Reply
          wavy
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          make that https://www.ifixit.com/Device/MacBook_Core_Duo

          Great site BTW

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        • #2299066 Reply
          OscarCP
          AskWoody Plus

          Wavy: Maybe this is a totally unnecessary observation, but here it is, in case it can be of some actual help:

          I do not know how it was in older Mac laptops, but in my MacBook Pro there is a little black apple icon at the left end of the top of the screen toolbar: clicking on it and then clicking on “About this Mac” in the drop-down menu that appears, opens a box with information, among other things, on what kind of Mac it is.

          Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x64 Group W (ex B) & macOS Mojave + Linux (Mint)

        • #2299071 Reply
          Myst
          AskWoody Plus

          This looks like a MacBook 2008 monitor adapter to HDMI connection. Can’t tell for sure. But if it is what you’re looking for to hook up to a display that has an HDMI port then it might give you the visual needed to see what music files are on the device.

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      • #2299072 Reply
        wavy
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        Looks just like this
        Male Mini-DVI plug

        https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/4f/Kobushi-mini-dvi.jpg/300px-Kobushi-mini-dvi.jpg

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        • #2299079 Reply
          Myst
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          Looks just like this

          Yes, and that is what this mini female connector to HDMI is, as shown on the Amazon link I posted.

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        • #2299083 Reply
          Myst
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          Looks like what you need. Just went back to the link and it all sounds good for the connections on your MacBook. Mini DVI Male to HDMI Female Cable

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      • #2299092 Reply
        wavy
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        I am gonna go with disassembly and see what I can do.
        Thanks to you all 😊

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        • #2299151 Reply
          Myst
          AskWoody Plus

          I am gonna go with disassembly

          Good luck. Hope it’s worth the trouble. Now you know how to get a visual of the files if you have a monitor with HDMI.

          Win7 Home x64 MacOS Chromebook

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          • #2299169 Reply
            wavy
            AskWoody Plus

            If I had that adapter in my quite full cable box I would, but it is only a pass-time thing. If I get the back cover of the led screen off I maybe able to use an external back-light to see the display if not the HDD will be accessible already 😁

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      • #2299173 Reply
        OscarCP
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        According to this, your Mac may be a PowerBook  G4 from around or before 2008:

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mini-DVI

         

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      • #2299228 Reply
        Nathan Parker
        AskWoody_MVP

        That definitely looks like Mini DVI. You should be able to find one of those adapters on eBay (I still have some with my PowerBook).

        Question: Do you have another Mac you can plug it into?

        If so, you could try Target Disk Mode.

        Nathan Parker

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      • #2299284 Reply
        wavy
        AskWoody Plus

        @ Oscar I believe it is an MacBook Core Duo Mid 2006 / model number A1181

        @Nathan Good info to know, I think this is the first time I have laid hand on a Macbook so have none of that. I do have screw drivers though …😈
        😆

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