MBP 2011 Clone Hard Drive help

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Bowsey, Jan 15, 2017.

  1. Bowsey macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2010
    hi all,

    I am looking for some help.

    Yesterday my early 2011 MBP died, the screen graphics started to go liney all of a sudden then I couldn't read anything on the screen, so I pressed the power button to turn the computer off.

    Big mistake!! Now it won't boot up all I get is a grey screen after the apple logo.
    I tried safe mode, verbose mode, recovery mode & internet recovery mode and always get the grey screen. I've chatted and had a phone call with apple support and they were no help.
    (I've got a funny feeling the graphics card just gone, which was a known fault with early 2011 (Unfortunately the support for this ended 31st December 2016 - Irony I know)

    Unfortuately, with Christmas and all it's been a few months since I backed up so I wanted to ask any advice for using a windows PC to clone the Mac formatted drive. I have the Macbook hard drive in an External enclosure now and have a 2tb my book for mac that I could clone it onto. I just don't know if/how this is possible so looking for any advice.

  2. CoastalOR macrumors 68020


    Jan 19, 2015
    Oregon, USA
    I agree, I think you have a failed dGPU. I had it happen to me on my 2011 MBP December 2015.

    If you only want to access the Mac drive on the PC to copy some files that have not been backed up then you can buy/install Paragon HFS+ on the PC to be able to read a Mac formatted HFS+ drive.
  3. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    Coastal has the solution you probably need to go with. Get the Paragon software for the PC, and then manually copy the files from the Macbook drive to another drive.

    I don't think there's any way to "clone" the drive to another drive without Mac software such as CarbonCopyCloner or SuperDuper (or using Disk Utility on the Mac).

    I could be wrong.
  4. Bowsey thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2010
    Thanks both, I might have a look at this.

    I'm getting a bit frustrated at the moment, had a call with Apple support on Sunday, and we went through everything again (Safe mode, recovery mode, single user mode.)
    Ended up saying, you need to go to an Apple Store or Apple authorised repairer to get them to look at it.
    Gave me the details or an authorised repair shop near work, so I went after work and they wouldn't touch it at all. Said I needed to go back to an Apple retail store, so next Saturday I'm heading 45mins away to go the nearest Apple Store that had any Genius Bar appointment.

    Fingers crossed I can get it repaired rather than having to buy a new one, as the battery on my iPhone 6 is also dying and I don't have the £££££££ to replace both
  5. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    So if you're getting the MBP fixed you don't need to clone...unless you're going to change to an SSD and need to clone to that.

    Whatever you end up doing, you should be able to restore to your new or fixed laptop using the original HD.

    I'd bet you can find a used 2012 model cheaper than a repair.

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