2008 MacBook pro hard drive and put in a regular enclosure?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Evster420, Dec 14, 2011.

  1. Evster420 macrumors newbie

    Dec 14, 2011
    My early 2008 MacBook pro 15" just died and I want to save the hard drive which I believe is intact. I've heard that you can remove the hard drive and put it in an enclosure and then plug it into another computer via USB. I have a couple LaCie external hard drives kicking around that I don't use, would they work if I removed the hard drive from the LaCie enclosure? If not what kind do I need? Thanks. Appreciate the help!
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    It should work, provided they're the same physical size.
  3. thundersteele macrumors 68030

    Oct 19, 2011
    Check if your model qualifies for a free repair:

  4. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
  5. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    If you just want to save the data, all you need is some Desktop PC.
    Unscrew the side panel. Attach the drive via SATA cable to the mainboard. That can be done while the system is running. Copy the data to wherever like an external drive you already own or the system drive of the Desktop.
    If you got no sata cables lying around just use the one that the DVD drive is connected with.
  6. aaron580 macrumors member

    Apr 9, 2010
    What I did was but a WD 500gb external drive and I took out the 500 put it in the MBP and threw the old drive into the enclosure. works like a charm.
  7. Ccrew macrumors 68020

    Feb 28, 2011

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