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So I have a sad story to tell...I think my processor or logic board was on its way out when I installed Ubuntu on a partition of my Late 2006 iMac (Intel-based).  A few days later the symptoms were getting worse, and for whatever reason ended up re-installing Ubuntu.  I think I may have accidentally (don't laugh!) chosen the wrong partition when I did that, because the last thing I remember seeing when I tried to reboot was that I had a choice between two windows partitions to boot up. (Ubuntu shows as a Windows partition on the mac).  It was about that time that I think the processor got worse, because after that point, I could never even get to the partition screen.  (Just the white screen of death) 

I didn't want to do a system restore if that's even possible, because that would lose all my data. My friend told me something about how if I put the drive in an external enclosure, attached it to my PC, formatted it as something I can't remember (that doesn't lose the data) and then run Recuva software to peal through the layers to get my data.  I am not sure that I am explaining the process right, I am going to have to ask him again precisely what he was suggesting. 

So I opened it up, took the hard drive out.  I tried to unplug my CD drive on my desktop PC and plugged the wires into that drive (since I didn't have any extra plugs in my cheap desktop), but the drive didn't exist when I booted up.  Besides, the next time I booted up, my PC's mouse and keyboard wouldn't work.  I had to unplug the (mac) hard drive, then unplug a few devices to get them to work again.  So it is apparent I need an external enclosure for this drive.  It is Seagate ST3250824AS, Barracuda 7200.9 250GB SATA 3.5 drive. The reason I am confused about which enclosure to get is that most drives seem to only have two places to hook up wires, but when in the imac, this drive had the two on the end and one on the side.  I don't know what is what. So will someone please save me from myself and give me some advice that won't cost me an arm and a leg?  I don't think I need the drive to be bootable, I just want to get my data off of it, if any exists.


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