MacBook Air HDD data recovery

awh

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Jun 28, 2017
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Acotland
My daughter spilt green tea on the Macbook - it's toasted and we will be receiving a new one along with the HDD from the old machine- whats the simplest way to recover the data (assuming it is working)

thanks in advance
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aznsk8er

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Jan 16, 2012
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okay, so your question has a few inconsistencies.. so let clarify.

1. MacBook Air has a SSD. If its still functional, easiest method to get the data would be getting an enclosure from OWC and transfer the data that way. https://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/MAU3ENPRPCI/

1. (B) There is a cheaper, albeit tedious alternative. Assuming your replacement MacBook Air is the exact model as the old one, you can always open the new MacBook Air (possibly voiding warranty if things go awry) and install the old FUNCTIONAL SSD and transfer the data you need onto an external hard drive. Reinstall the new SSD and voila. https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/MacBook+Air+13-Inch+Early+2015+SSD+Replacement/38535


2. The MacBook (assuming you're talking about a black/white plastic body OR unibody MacBook), has an HDD... If its still functional, you can also find a 2.5 inch enclosure at most computer supply stores and transfer that way.

Good luck!
 

awh

macrumors newbie
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Jun 28, 2017
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Acotland
Thank you and sorry for the inaccuracies: I don't actually know if HDD/SSD - will find out when returned! I'll go for an enclosure - don't want to open up a new machine.

I am (sorry) more familiar with PC architecture so just a bit wary of how to mount and get the data from the extenal enclosure - will give it a bash
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RedTomato

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Mar 4, 2005
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The first few Macbook Air models had HDDs, (and they were rubbish.)

If you are receiving a new MBA, I would be extremely reluctant to void the warranty by opening it up.

We need to know what year your old MBA is before we can advise further on enclosures. If it uses SSDs, then one solution could be to ask your repair shop to transfer the info onto a flash drive or normal SSD (ie. non-Apple SSD).

You can sell the old Macbook SSD - they are highly specialist items and bring in a fair bit on Ebay. The repair shop might be willing to make you an offer for it.