Macbook death - how to recover files?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Claven2, Dec 18, 2010.

  1. Claven2 macrumors newbie

    Jan 16, 2007
    Well my 2006 1.83 C2D died last week. I don't think it's the HDD, I believe it's the logic board.

    When I boot the machine I get a grey screen with a spinning wheel for infinity. A day before it was doing this at reboot but after 10 minutes or so the logon screen would appear and hte machine would work normally.

    The 160GB HDD in the machine is less than a year old having replaced the 60gb drive that fried back then after 3.5yrs hard use.

    The machine is no longer worth salvage IMHO and I've ordered a new MBP to replace it, but I need some of the data on the old drive, such as the contents of mail and iPhoto.

    If I plug the old drive into a USB cariage and assuming the drive is not duff, is there any easy way to migrate the data?

  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Migration Assistant should do it. Open it when you start up the new machine and select the old disk as the source.
  3. Claven2 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 16, 2007
    Thanks, sounds like I will need to go get a HDD USB bay.

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