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jadasneez

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Jan 1, 2011
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i have a macbook pro thats a few years old (2008) and im not gonna go into details but there is now a VERY small and SHALLOW dent on the surface to the left of the trackpad

When the dent was made the computer was on and it suddenly slowed down, i restarted the computer and heard the hard drive trying to mount (clicking noises) after about a minute it succeeded and loaded my home screen

i tried to back up my drive with time machine but when it started loading the computer just gave me the pinwheel forever, so i restarted again and now the hard drive will not even mount!

So since i know apple would never lift a finger to back up my information, IS IT AT ALL POSSIBLE TO GET MY INFO OFF OF THIS DRIVE?!
 

MarkH356

macrumors newbie
Jun 23, 2011
14
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If the drive booted after the initial damage to the macbook, then it may be possible to recover your files.
The Time Machine backup probably failed because of disk errors. I would use Disk Warrior to try and recover your files.

If you just want the data off the HD; you'll need another computer, 1 external USB HD enclosure & Disk Warrior
  • Put old HD in USB external enclosure
  • Use the other computer to run Disk Warrior to recover as many files as possible from the old external HD.
  • Choose the Preview disk option and these files will be placed in a virtual drive on the desktop of the computer.
  • Copy the files you want from the Preview drive to another folder or another drive to save them.

If you want all your settings and installed programs; you'll need another computer, 2 external USB HD enclosures, 1 new HD, Super Duper & Disk Warrior
  • Put the old HD into an external USB enclosure
  • Use the other computer to do the recovery with Disk Warrior and mount a Preview drive containing all the files it was able to recover
  • Use Super Duper to clone the Preview drive to a new HD in the second external HD enclosure
  • You should be able to boot from the cloned drive in your old computer
  • Do a Time Machine backup
  • Then wipe the cloned drive, do a fresh OSX install and then restore rom the Time Machine backup.
 
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