How to copy data from macbook that doesnt start to other macbook using diskwarrior

Discussion in 'macOS' started by stephy0, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. stephy0 macrumors newbie

    Nov 18, 2012
    My macbook pro doesn't start and after using diskwarrior it says it can salvage some items. I connected it to an older macbook via firewire and booted the diskwarrior cd holding down C. After diskwarrior runs, when I reach the preview pane, the only destinations to copy the salvaged data are the macbook pro itself and the diskwarrior dvd but not the macbook connected through the firewire. I restarted it holding down T and ran the diskwarrior cd in the macbook pro using the macbook but it didn't work either. So how do I use diskwarrior so that I can copy the data from the macbook pro that doesn't start up to the macbook. I also have data rescue if that works better.
  2. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    External disk, I wasn't aware that DW could do this but it seems it does, I don't know how much it will recover but the external should be at least as big as the internal.
    Of course it WILL NOT copy to the internal since it is damaged, and of course it WILL NOT copy to the DVD since that is read only.
  3. stephy0 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 18, 2012
    The external doesn't appear as an option when they're connected though. The only two that show are the internal and the cd.
  4. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    "I connected it to an older macbook via firewire and booted the diskwarrior cd holding down C."

    I could be wrong here, but I don't see where using DiskWarrior (a utility designed to rebuild drive directories) could be of optimum use in tryng to scavenge data from a drive in a dead computer. DW is directory-repair software; it's not "file-recovery" software.

    I think you need different software tools. Perhaps some hardware, as well (see below).

    Does the drive (in the non-working MacBook) mount up properly on the desktop of your working MacBook when you connect via firewire target disk mode? (I am assuming yes).

    If that's the case you should try to "clone" the contents of the drive to another drive somewhere. Doing this will make it much easier to pick through them for the folders/files you want to save.

    Can the drive (in the non-working MacBook) be removed from the case without too much trouble? This is BY FAR the easiest way to go about it.

    Suggestion (assuming you can take the drive out):
    Get one of these gadgets:
    or this one:

    Then, take the "bare" drive and put it into the dock, connect the dock to your working MacBook via USB. It should "mount up" on the desktop and you can then get what you need from it….

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