Mac Book Pro - Back up Data

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  1. cougarcat454, May 3, 2016
    Last edited: May 3, 2016

    cougarcat454 macrumors newbie

    Dec 8, 2011
    Hard Drive.jpg Have an early 2011 15" macbook pro. Going to be sending it to apple for logic board/video/graphic problems. Machine will not boot up. Tried safe mode etc.. anyway taking out the hard drive to get it copied then reinstall original before I send it off. It looks like to me it has a dual hard drive system, maybe I am wrong. But do I just need to get the main hard drive copied or does the second drive also need to come out. Removed one on the bottom in photo, wondering abut the one directly above it.
    Early 2011 A1286 15"
  2. CoastalOR, May 3, 2016
    Last edited: May 3, 2016

    CoastalOR macrumors 68020


    Jan 19, 2015
    Oregon, USA
    The early 2011 MBP only comes with one internal HDD, UNLESS someone removed the optical drive and install another storage drive in the optical drive location after it was purchased. There was no option from Apple for 2 internal HDDs.
    If you do have 2 internal drives then I would assume they have data you want and therefore should be backed up.

    EDIT: I see you added a picture to your post since I started my post. The picture shows your optical drive where it should be (top left of picture), so you only have the 1 HDD to copy.
  3. richard2, May 3, 2016
    Last edited: May 3, 2016

    richard2 macrumors regular


    Oct 21, 2010
    England, United Kingdom
  4. cougarcat454 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 8, 2011
    Ok great, I thought that maybe it was an optical drive. Should be good to go.

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