Do you have an old Mac you’ve been meaning to get the data off of?
Using Target disk mode is probably the easiest way to get this done. For this, you’ll need a firewire cable (or Thunderbolt cable if you have a 2011 Mac or later) and a new mac to transfer the info to. These cables can be purchased at Expercom. Here’s how it works:
1) Boot up the old computer holding the “T” key. Let go of the “T” key once you see either the Firewire or Thunderbolt symbol (as pictured.)
2) Connect the Firewire (or Thunderbolt) cable to both computers.
3) Open the Finder and browse your connected Devices. You can find your devices on the side bar of the Finder or in the “Go” menu up at the top of Finder under “Computer.” (Shift+Command+C). You’ll see your old Macintosh HD show up in that list, probably showing up as an orange disc.
4) Utilize the drag-and-drop method over to your desktop or somewhere else on your drive and let the data transfer fiesta begin!
Safely eject your old drive before disconnecting and powering down your old machine.