Access Macbook Pro HD

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by sicembears, Sep 4, 2008.

  1. sicembears macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2007
    I have a macbook pro and the power supply has gone out and fried the graphics card. Apple says I got it wet--never did but anyway. They said it is going to be around $1,300 to replace it all. Not gonna happen.

    How can I access that HD without turning on any system preferences? I can still use battery power to get the computer to start up. I just need to take files off the old computer.
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
    If you access to another Mac and a firewire cable, you can start the MBP in target disk mode (hold T at boot) and it becomes a giant external HD.
  3. NRose8989 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 6, 2008
    Just a thought but did a "genius" look at it and make the diagnosis? or did you send it in?

    the reason i ask is because from reading around these forums, i hear that apple "geniuses" are pretty quick to throw out incorrect problems when if you just send it in they take a bit of a closer look into the problem.

    either way, you can always open up the mac, remove the drive, and put it in a external drive enclosure.
  4. MowingDevil macrumors 68000


    Jul 30, 2008
    Vancouver, BC & Sydney, NSW
    It wasn't a "genius" but one of the floor people at a Mac store didn't even know what a GPU was. So she was relaying all this 'foreign' sounding information I told her on to a "genius" and what I said about possible "overheating" and "failure" she relayed/translated into the laptop "melting." I corrected her & she blamed me & said thats exactly what I told her.

    They really need more training at those stores.
  5. sicembears thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2007
    An Apple "genius" opened it. He said he took picture but after 6 phone calls they were never able to reproduce those pictures. To say I'm pissed is an understatement.
  6. NRose8989 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 6, 2008
    Thats pretty shady if you ask me, I would give apple care a call and i wouldn't even state the incident with the apple store. just call in with your problem and tell them that you would like to send it in. its worth a shot.

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