Hard drive recovery

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ShadowMind, Jan 27, 2008.

  1. ShadowMind macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2007
    Washington State
    Hi. My Macbook has experienced some problems and no longer works. Apparently it is something with the motherboard. I am sending it in to Apple, but I had some files on it I wanted to get off before I sent it in. Is there any way to get these files off of the hard drive? Do I need to remove the hard drive and use an external device to connect it to my desktop computer? Does Apple look at the contents on my hard drive? The only reason I ask is because I have certain files that I wish to remain private.

  2. djinn macrumors 68000


    Oct 4, 2003
    You will need another Mac possibly to get those files off if the Drive was formated HFS+. I don't know if Linux would be able to help you.

    Maybe if you have mac store around you could beg them without having to pay. Just say those files were critical or something.
  3. Niko macrumors newbie

    Dec 13, 2007
    I think you would need another mac to do that. Also, the other mac must be compatible with your hard drive. I would suggest bringing it to an Apple store before you send it off.
  4. MacDude415 macrumors member


    Feb 19, 2007
    San Francisco
    I don't think I understand exactally what it is that you want. Do you want a copy of those files or do you just want them deleted so Apple won't see them?
  5. cowm007 macrumors regular

    Feb 2, 2005
    To answer your questions, assuming the hard drive isn't damaged, you can access the files in two ways. Easiest method is to hook up your computer to another computer capable of reading HFS+ partitions using a firewire cable. Then you enter "target disk mode" on your MacBook and it'll appear as a drive for you to work on.


    Option 2 is to remove the hard drive from the laptop and use an enclosure (2.5" SATA) to hook it up to another computer. You can find guides online to remove the MacBook drive. It's relatively easy.

    Now, if the problem is a motherboard issue, Apple shouldn't need to take a look at your hard-drive really. They'll just run some diagnostics, switch it out, and then make sure it boots. But if you're really worried those methods will work. Just need to have a way to read the HFS+ type partitions.
  6. ShadowMind thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2007
    Washington State
    Basically I have both files I need to access and also files I don't want seen, including account numbers and financial information.

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