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Old Jan 20, 2013, 10:23 PM   #1
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Selling MacBook (minus hard drive) after water damage?

I have a 13" MacBook I purchased in February 2009. A few months ago I spilled water on the MacBook, and it died. I purchased a new MacBook Pro, and the Apple store advised me to remove the hard drive from my old MacBook and sell the case/keyboard/etc. (minus the hard drive) on Craigslist.

I know very little about computers, so excuse my ignorance, but will removing the hard drive prevent someone from seeing any information on the laptop? (That's assuming they could get it to turn on, which I cannot since the water incident.)

Also, what would be a good asking price? I think the guy at the Apple store said $150. Does that sound about right?

Thanks for any advice you can provide.
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Old Jan 20, 2013, 10:43 PM   #2
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Yes and yes. Removing the HDD will take the info with it and I think $150-200 sounds about right.

Question: Since it was damaged, have you tried lately to see if it starts? Sometimes after time passes, we electronics start working again. Just a thought...
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Old Jan 20, 2013, 11:38 PM   #3
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Yes and yes. Removing the HDD will take the info with it and I think $150-200 sounds about right.

Question: Since it was damaged, have you tried lately to see if it starts? Sometimes after time passes, we electronics start working again. Just a thought...
Thanks! I have tried to start it again recently. At first it would turn on but not start up. Now it won't turn on at all.
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 07:17 AM   #4
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Thanks! I have tried to start it again recently. At first it would turn on but not start up. Now it won't turn on at all.
Ugh... sorry to hear that. Yeah, eBay/CL for parts sounds like your best bet.
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 09:41 AM   #5
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This happened to me about two years ago, and I tore the HD out and put it up on ebay. I got about $225 for it. Personally, I'd go with ebay rather than craigslist since your potential customer base is so much bigger.
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