Access Data on MacBook Pro, Dead Screen

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by RetroPixels, Feb 14, 2011.

  1. RetroPixels macrumors newbie

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    I've got a MacBook Pro and the screen is not powering on. From what I can tell the machine boots up fine. Not a big deal as it no longer being used as I now have a newer MacBook that I use daily.

    The problem comes in that I now would like to retrieve a few files from the computer. Any suggestions for getting into a MacBook Pro when the screen won't power?

    Thanks!
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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  3. SpaceMagic, Feb 14, 2011
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    SpaceMagic macrumors 68000

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    Sure. Get a Firewire cable from one of the macs to the other. Hold down T while booting the broken Mac. This will put it in Target Disk Mode which means it will be seen as an external hard drive on the other Mac.

    ^^

    Or if your current MacBook doesn't have firewire, do that. :)
     
  4. m85476585 macrumors 65816

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    A third option is to pull out the hard drive and put it in a USB enclosure.
     

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