How to Remove Photos from Old MacBook & MacBook Air?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by JackRabbitSlims, Jun 4, 2019.

  1. JackRabbitSlims macrumors member

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    Hello.

    I have an older MacBook Circa 2008 the Black Edition and I have a MBA Circa 2011.

    The battery and available space in MacBook does not allow me to use it or update any new software.

    I have just returned from 8 months overseas....the MBA seems to have a massive battery problem....the whole keyboard area has swelled up and now the actual lid will not close down because of this swelling (is this the battery??). It still starts up, but will not allow any updates etc....plus its kinda useless now!

    OK, so both of these machines have loads of my photos (jpegs) stored on them and I would like to remove them ASAP and safely store them.

    Can one of you kind folks recommend a brand and storage size for a external HDD that I can buy?

    What is the easiest / safest way for me to transfer all of these photo files off the 2 Macbooks please?

    Thanks in advance if you can help me out.

    Cheers :)
     
  2. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68030

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    You gotta open the Air yourself or have someone do it for you ASAP as it's gonna crack your trackpad or worse.

    Most battery replacements come with the two screwdriver you need, it's a very straightforward replacement.

    That said, if they are both starting up I would buy maybe a 2 TB external hard drive, partition it into 2 one TB partitions, and use Carbon Copy Cloner from www.bombich.com to clone each Mac to the external over usb.
     
  3. JackRabbitSlims thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the reply.

    Yeah, the swelling in the MBA is a concern for sure...i'm leaving the screen up right now and will take it to get some attention some time today.

    Can you recommend a brand of HD that pairs well with the Mac??

    They are both starting up, but the 2008 MacBook is super slow and needs to be on a power source the whole time.

    Thanks again!
     
  4. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68030

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