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I have some old hard drives from my former linux box (RedHat). Alas, that computer is dead, though the hard drives as far as I know are still viable. I now have an iMac and I would like to retrieve the files from the old hard drive. Does anyone know how to do that?

Basically, what I have is an iMac and 3 old hard drives.

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Why the negative? Was this a duplicate? I looked to find whether this was a duplicate. – A.Ellett Dec 3 '12 at 18:58

It's quite easy actually. You can buy hard drive enclosures that allow you to use a normal hard drive as an external disk.

See, for example amazon.

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What interface on the old drives? There are several options to connect via USB. This will connect SATA drives. Startech dual drive Dock There are others with USB3 and eSATA. Also this cable type solution that does IDE and SATAStartech USB IDE/Sata cable Many manufacturers other than Startech

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Assuming you have an enclosure to house the drives, you should be able to mount them on your Mac using MacFUSE has a how-to

If you want to be extra-careful and work with a copy, the command-line utility dd can be used to make a byte-for-byte copy of each drive, and you could then mount the copy.

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