How do I retrieve data from a macbook pro that won't boot?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jeanga, Sep 7, 2010.

  1. jeanga macrumors newbie

    Sep 3, 2010
    Hi everyone,

    I've been having a similar problem to the one described in this post:

    And tried every little thing described in this but nothing happened, so I booked myself in to see an Apple Genius who will hopefully fix the problem as it is possibly due to the video card (problem with some NVIDIA stock).

    In the mean time, I've got a laptop that won't boot and lots of crucial information on it...:(

    I was wondering whether any of you guys had any suggestions as to how to recover that data? I've tried many things, i.e. try to a separate screen into it, try to use it as a firewire drive (link it to another MBP via Firewire 800 and start it while pressing the T key on the keyboard) but nothing seems to work.

    I've got the feeling that the hard drive is fine and that my data is warmly resting in there, but can't find a way to get to it...:confused:

    Please help


  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    You may need to extract the HDD itself.


  3. Tonsko macrumors 6502


    Aug 19, 2010
    Yup, extract hard drive and purchase a USB to sata/IDE cable. About 12 quid in the UK from ebay.

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