Hello, thanks for reading this. Recently my 2008 MacBook pro decided to startup for about 1-2 seconds (no where close to the chime/grey screen), then turn off. After a little while, it wouldn't turn on at all. I'm a little bit of a security freak, and I have some financial documents and passwords tucked away in my computer. (I was also told they needed my startup password - why would they really need that? I also have guest accounts. That really bugged me.) I need to send the computer for apples flat rate/fix all deal, but dont feel comfortable sending it in with my data. I would have 0 issue wiping it and sending it in, but the laptop won't turn on, so target disk mode and and external booting is out of the question. SMC and such do nothing. My main question is - can I take out the hdd and send in the computer without it. Or: I ordered a spare hard drive. It's completely blank and not formatted at all. I can attach that and send it in like that. Are any of those viable options? To me it's most likely the logic board, or maybe the power supply. But what are the odds it's related to the NVIDIA 8600 issue? The genius told me if that were the case the computer would turn on, just not show any video. Tl;dr: computer won't turn on. Can't do any type of troubleshooting. Apple will send it out for their generic fix-all for $300. But I dot want to send in my hdd. Can I send it in without it or with an empty drive since I'm prett sure it's not an hdd issue. Thanks for reading this and any thoughts/help.