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/g/, need your help.

This is the hard drive from a laptop that belonged to a very famous author... yes, you've all probably heard of him if you're in the english-speaking world and one of his books are part of curriculum of most HS's across US.

Anyway, I am friends with one of his kids and I they found this HDD in one of the boxes that belonged to their father. They are certain that this is his drive because when they looked at his old computer, it lacked HDD. They are hoping this HDD contains all the drafts and ideas from his unpublished works.

I said I'd help and try to retrieve all the documents off this thing. However, I have no idea what would I need to do it.

Can someone offer some ideas? What kind of an interface is this? What do I need to use to get it mounted on a modern computer? Thanks for any hints!
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IDE to SATA adapter is what you need
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>>51432100
that's an IDE? I had no idea they made laptop drives with the same interface as the 3.5" ones.

Any ideas about software I'd need?
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>>51432164
It should mount like any other hard drive, as long as the computer can read the filesystem
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Who is it?
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>>51432164
they did this because there was no better option, it is literally ide mini-fied, same pinouts. these small drive ide pins are brittle as shit, be careful.

the ide to sata adapters don't work on half the motherboards I try. I'd instead recommend the mini ide / ide / sata to usb external cords. You will need no software if it was formatted in fat32 or ntfs

if the drive letter doesn't show up use diskmgmt.msc or use linux
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>>51432062
you should install gentoo on it.
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Try buying the appropriate adapters/wires you need and then plugging it in.
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>>51432198
I'd rather not say. He passed away less than 10 yrs ago but he still has a big following. I don't want to get anyone's hopes up.

It would be amazing if we found some his works on there that are nearly complete or some other ideas. His laptop is in some museum right now so it can't be easily acquired to plug this HDD in.

>>51432199
thanks for the tip! I think my mobo might have IDE adapter but I'm not sure. I def don't have a ribbon cable handy.

See that little apple logo in the corner? I think he used Macs.

>>51432211
I'm looking at USB-IDE adapters right now...
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first
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>>51432207
this, its the only way
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MAKE SURE TO GET MINI IDE

You are going to get a full-sized IDE in the mail and be very disappointed.
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>applel logo

You could uh... fucking put it in his laptop and turn it on?
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>>51432260
if it was apple it will be formatted as HFS, quickest way to read this is ubuntu or any linux distro then connect the adapter you get.

>open up book files
>"I am writing this on a mac, and it fucking sucks, never buy a mac if you read my books, fans"

This is your one and only chance to make a difference.
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>>51432062
It's Douglas Adam's hard drive without a doubt. Don't fuck this up, faggot. we have your IP.
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>apple

It will just be filled with gay porn
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>>51432314
nvm, I should read. anyway, http://www.amazon.com/Generic-SATA-5-25-Cable-Adapter/dp/B000YJBL78/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1448000758&sr=8-10&keywords=usb+hdd+adapter
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Would an interface like this be pre hfs?
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>>51432361
>interface
>filesystem
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>>51432365
Time is linear you fucking dingus. I'm asking if hfs was out while mini ide was prevalent in macs. Jesus lord.
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>>51432349
Thanks. I'll get that. I have PRIME.

>>51432361
if it's Apple, it has to be HFS. Now the only question is whether I can read it.
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>>51432260
Just a guess, but is it J.D. Salinger?
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Make sure to release it under public domain
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>>51432344
>Douglas Adam
that would mean he would have to have a powerbook g4 Ti atleast (30gb drive) which released in 01, and he died in 01, I dont think so, unless a g3 or something also came with a 30gb
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>>51432378
Let's be allies for now.

OP, read his shit. Learn his style. Then dump your own paragraphs in everywhere. Kill off characters. Talk shit about people still alive. This is your chance to change history.
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>>51432381
If it's Salinger he should throw it in a shredder.
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>>51432344
No it's not, OP said he died less than 10 years ago. Adams died in 2001.
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>>51432393
it's not up to me how it will be handled.

>>51432402
>OP, read his shit. Learn his style. Then dump your own paragraphs in everywhere. Kill off characters. Talk shit about people still alive. This is your chance to change history.
Best idea in this thread! LMAO
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>>51432402
Call Donald Trump a small dicked nigger. Keep modification dates intact. Say you couldn't do it and suggest a professional. International news.
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>>51432395
Douglas Adams was a huge mac fan, so it wouldn't be too far fetched for him to have bought a power book the year he died.
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>>51432199
>I'd instead recommend the mini ide / ide / sata to usb external cords
This
You want to image the drive using dd_rescue ie GNU ddrescure
That's the first thing you ABSOLUTELY MUST do, then you can run Photorec to get shit out of the image, or w/e
BUT BEFORE ANYTHING IMAGE THE DRIVE WITH GNU DDRESCUE
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>>51432468
It's not Douglas Adams. it's an American author.
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>>51432485
Nothing of value was lost
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>>51432260
He's from new York, yeah? Can't remember his name but I think I might know who you're talking about.
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Need data from hard drive, hand it over to somebody that doesn't even recognise the laptop IDE interface when he sees it. If you were any kind of man OP, you would hand it over and apologise for agreeing to something so clearly out of your league.
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>>51432565
Tell that your mum when she takes on my dick.
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>>51432485
>>51432468
favorite part about adams macfaggotry is how he subconsciously admitted they were shit in one of his books

>The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at or repair.
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>>51432560
Remembered now. Is it frank mccourt?
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>>51432594
Wow sure is not about what you said it was about. Why don't you go hover over a snake pit the same way that bricks don't?
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>>51432379
he has
>PRIME
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I got it! It's Tom fucking Clancy! Please do the world a favor and don't bring more of his war porn garbage in to it. Write over with zeros 32 times.
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>>51432660
It's frank mccourt bruh
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>>51432676
Who the dick is that? I'm pretty sure its Tom Clancy, fãm. Let's not risk it, dban that shit, OP.
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>>51432660
>>51432689
jeez.. did clancy fuck your mom or something?
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>>51432689
He wrote Angelas ashes, a popular book in American HS curriculums. He died within 10 years and has a museum with a bunch of his shit in it, as OP mentioned
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>>51432706
This description fits Tom Clancy perfectly. And last time I checked there a lot more war museums than there are regular museums. Just destroy it already.
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>>51432062
I have heard of amateur/semi-professional HDD recovery. here's the idea.

>fabricate a clean room
get a wall socket powered HEPA filter. empty out a closet or tiny bathroom in your home. vacuum the ever loving shit out of it, and wash down the ceiling, floor, walls, and inside of the door. feed the filter hose into it and let it run for a few days until everything is dry. get a few pairs of sealed paper clothes. take a shower, and put one on. then line the entire room with plastic trash bags. seal off every crevice or seam between bags with duct tape. be VERY thorough. then reconnect the HEPA filter and let it run for another couple of days.

>operation
after all this, you're ready to operate. that's about as close to a clean room as you'll get in a home environment. buy another HDD of the same model. carefully disassemble both in your clean room. take out the magnetic disks from the broken hard drive, and install them into the good hard drive. it might be worthwhile to get a few of these hard drives so you can practice the procedure a few times before doing it for real. be careful to install the discs exactly as they were oriented in the broken hard drive. Also be careful to make sure there are NO foreign particles on the discs (that's the point of the clean room). the smallest thing can fuck the whole thing up forever, and may even cause a crash (rip up the magnetic media).

this is all probably an extreme solution, but it really depends on how precious the data is. if it's really as important as you say, you should just give the drive back to the family and tell them to ship it off to a professional data recovery firm who will charge them a few tens of thousands of dollars, but will do a far better job than ever you could.
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>>51432755
But mccourt has his own museum. And Clancy died just 2 years ago. OP wouldn't have said "within 10 years" if he was talking about someone who died 2 years ago. None of his books are even popular in American HS curriculums right now. It's not Tom Clancy, it's clearly mccourt.
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>>51432689
>>51432755
no high school in america teaches tom clancy. he's a niche writer in one genre that isn't important outside of pop art.
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>>51432698
He got his ass kicked in Rainbow Six as a kid, so now he's traumatized.
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>>51432813
>Clancy picked "Rainbow Sex" as a homosexual metaphor
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>>51432424
Truer words have never been written.
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>>51432062
>very famous author.
who?
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>>51432062
>s all the drafts and ideas from his unpublished works.

pilot twist it's the hdd from his dead unknown great writer/poet friends hdd where he steals his friends work from
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>>51435650
>hdd from his dead unknown great writer/poet friends computer

fuck
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Op here, its Tom Clancy. I'll post what I've managed to recover.
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>>51432260
>I'd rather not say.
Then why the fuck even mention that it's from a 'famous author'?
You could've just started the thread asking how to connect the piece of crap in your pic to a computer.
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>>51436434
Hopefully you can be the man who reveals Tom Clancy's taste in porn to the entire world
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>>51432199
>the ide to sata adapters don't work on half the motherboards I try. I'd instead recommend the mini ide / ide / sata to usb external cords.
You need to enable legacy options and some other things in the UEFI/BIOS.
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JESUS GUYS WHY HAS NOBODY RECOMMENDED THIS?

IS EVERYONE HERE RETARDED?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA10V2GV5057
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>>51437202
ALSO IS IT VONNEGUT?
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>>51436559
For suspenseful delivery I'd assume.
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>>51432062
just two things:
- mini-ide to ide (the two/four pins alone in one side are not part of the mini-ide connector)
- ide usb hdd enclosure
this way you could plug it in _any_ computer via usb
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I bet it's Salinger.
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>>51437202
>IS EVERYONE HERE RETARDED?
It's /g/ what did you expect?
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>inb4 it only contains gigabytes of hentai
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OP here... here we go. The moment of truth...
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>>51439477

Does the adaptor supply power too though?
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>>51439513
Yep. It's coming from USB. They actually give you a powerbrick and the IDE/SATA power cables for disks that USB can't power. With 2.5" IDE, USB power is enough it seems.

I've noticed that if you want to read 2.5" SATA drives, you need separate power.
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>>51432062
ITS DAVID FOSTER WALLACE
>>51439477
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>>51439477
I can't mount it with Win10. I need drivers...
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>>51439591
>DFW
>highschool curriculum in most of the US
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OK... so I tried a few HFS drivers for Windows. None of them have worked.

I guess it's time for plan B... trip to Apple store. I don't know what else to do...
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>>51439747
Does the motherboard recognize it at least?
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>>51439752
It's over USB. Windows is definitely reading it and trying to mount it but there's no drivers. I see it in system properties.
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Return it back, Tyrone.
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>>51439747
get a flash drive, install ubuntu on flashdrive, and use that instead of windows
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>>51439783
Do you have drivers for the usb ide connector? That might be the issue.
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>>51432452
>it's not up to me how it will be handled.
Have you signed any agreement?
If not, then screw anybody clamining ownership of this thing, just dump the whole thing
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>>51439819
Windows has it all. I've tried it on an old IDE drive I found at work and I read it fine.

Basically, at this point, either HDD is fucked or I don't have filesystem drivers. I'm betting on latter because the drive "sounds" fine and there's no clicking.

>>51439815
OK. Will Ubuntu suffice? A buddy of mine few cubicles away has Ubuntu... I'll give that a try next. Any special commands I need to know about?
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>>51439886
>If not, then screw anybody clamining ownership of this thing, just dump the whole thing
Come on anon... that's bad karma. I've known his son for a decade. Even met the author once and he signed one of his books for me and I have a pic with him at home.
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>>51439927
So in return you will rob everyone from ever seeing his works because you will grant some kikes to do whatever they want with it?
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>>51439984
they're not jews...

and his family has given many of his belongings to various museums. they will release whatever is worthy of releasing.
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>>51439895
It's probably HFS
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>>51440175
Yep. HFS+ to be exact. We managed to mount it under Linux with Fuse.

HDD works fine! I looked around it's full of files and formats that I've never come across (Mac specific). His Documents folder is chock-full of directories and files in various formats. It also seems he used Eudora for email.

Now that I know it works, I'll go and buy a Mac so I can mirror the disk properly.
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>>51440272

You're going to buy a Mac just to make a copy of the disk? Seems a bit uneccesary.
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>>51440272
>Now that I know it works, I'll go and buy a Mac so I can mirror the disk properly.
Use ddrescue, make a 1:1 image of the disk, save money.

Then you can do whatever the fuck you want with the image, since you can make endless copies of it
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>>51440303
>>51440322
I want to be able to read files.
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>>51440272
>>51440303
Yeah just copy it to a 16GB USB drive formatted to FAT32 or something.

Unless this is all an elaborate Apple ad...
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>>51440350
And making an image of the disk somehow prevents you from reading them?
Are you retarded?
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>>51440350

What are these filetypes that you can't open?
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>>51440362
clippings, some Mac-only mindmap, some note taking stuff we came across. There's no versions for Win.

There' close to 20GB worth of text and other formats!
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>>51432062
is it from a power mac g3/4?
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>>51440352
>Unless this is all an elaborate Apple ad...

fuck...
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>>51440395
I believe it's from a PowerPC based PowerBook (Titanium maybe?).
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>>51440392

Well that's annoying. Make sure there aren't any Linux programs that can open it too.

I mean if you have money to burn I guess you could just buy a Mac, if you can't borrow one of somebody.
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>>51440432
oh, you got it reading, nevermind this then.

I'd try making a full disc image backup, on the SECTOR level, just in case. Not just a copy of the files, but a full sector level hdd dump. There might be more recoverable data in there, if you try using undelete or so.
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>>51440392
Note that some applications edit the files when you just open them up, so you should be making a backup at first and THEN open shit from the backup (or even better: create a backup, archive it, then make a copy of it and open files from that copy - so you retain the original files from the hdd in a time bubble).
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>>51440470
That's what we're doing right now. Mirroring it with dd.

>>51440440
Here's the thing though. My buddy says these are PowerPC applications. Even if I get a Mac, I need a way to run old stuff. After some googling, OS X doesn't support PowerPC anymore.

Maybe if I buy old Mac? It'd be pretty slow.. I'd prefer to run it on a new one.

Anyone with some ideas?
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>>51440530

Some of the applications were probably updated to run on Intel Macs, but you'd have to check for sure. I still don't really know what the file formats are since you only gave me vague descriptions of them, so I can't give much insight. Some of them you might just be able to open with Preview.

You could just get an old eMac or something though, at least it'll be cheap and then you could probably plug it in properly with real IDE if it has a spare slot for one. Then maybe convert or copy the documents worth keeping to something more up to date.
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>>51440612
>probably updated to run on Intel Macs
That's a good point!

Here's the plan... I'll get the image once it'd done copying and open it under windows and then I'll try opening files and classifying them and I'll try to see what formats they're in. I'll then see what can open all these various formats.

This buddy of mine has a lot more experience with this and he says that a lot of these files probably have something called "resource forks" and that I won't be able to open those. Hmmm..
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>>51432660
>write it over with zeroes
why not random data 32 times?
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>>51432062
http://www.cnet.com/products/toshiba-mk3018gas/specs/
This is what I found off of google,

But depending on the year, perhaps the filesystem may be HFS+ (considering there is an apple logo on the drive, I'm assuming it was in a mac... perhaps I'm wrong and it's FAT32)

Here's a datasheet/user manual I found:

http://www.manualguru.com/toshiba/hdd2169/users-manual/page-1

Hope it helps, OP
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>>51440822
>tfw dubs *and* late to the party
>mfw
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>>51440861
>>51440822
no worries. thanks for help btw :)

I'll have an image of it in about 2 min. Biggest issue now is how to open all these files.
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>>51432164
Who gave a retard like you a hard drive of significant historical importance.
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>>51432062
>>51439477

I use the Integral P2NES external enclosure and it works flawlessly.
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>>51432445

And what fucking high school is assigning kids HHGTTG? Because I want to send my kid there.
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