Access Data on MacBook Pro, Dead Screen

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

  1. RetroPixels macrumors newbie

    Feb 14, 2011
    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?

  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
  3. SpaceMagic, Feb 14, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Feb 14, 2011

    SpaceMagic macrumors 68000


    Oct 26, 2003
    Cardiff, Wales
    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

    Feb 26, 2008
    A third option is to pull out the hard drive and put it in a USB enclosure.

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