PLEASE HELP! Booting mac from external hard drive!

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  1. sayhitokyle macrumors member

    sayhitokyle

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    Hi,

    So about 3 months ago I broke the screen to my 2007 MacBook, I've now taken the hard drive out, put it in a USB enclosure and tried to boot it on a friend's 2010 MacBook pro. It's recognises the drive and as far as I'm aware the files are all there but when I come to boot it I've now been stuck on the apple logo screen with a loading wheel for the last hour! What should I do? Is it safe to turn it off? Is this normal? It's still running so a replay asap would be amazing thanks!
     
  2. Knoodles macrumors 6502

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    The system from a 2007 MacBook will not boot a 2010 MacBook. Safe to shut down.
     
  3. sayhitokyle thread starter macrumors member

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    So would I need to find a model of MacBook the same as mine?
     
  4. Knoodles macrumors 6502

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    What exactly are you trying to do beside boot the MBP using the old HD? Copy files? Something else?
     
  5. sayhitokyle thread starter macrumors member

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    I should say the main reason I need to do this is to back up/update my iPhone is there any alternative way of saving the backup folder to say a windows pc with my iTunes library and it'll just back up as normal?
     
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    Also, I haven't been able to back my phone up since October, and I've made music purchases and added new contacts etc. Would I lose all this? I would just wait until my MacBook is fixed, but I have no idea when I'll be able to afford the cost of repairs :/ and I'm worried that if my iPhone should crash I'll lose all changes since October
     
  7. Knoodles macrumors 6502

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    Sorry. I don't know how to do this on a windows pc. Never used one. 20+ on Mac. There is software that you can use to get all files off your iPhone to make a backup like iRip, iPod.iTunes or iPhone View.
     
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    Ah really? I'll check it out! You're a lifesaver thanks!
    If it doesn't work I'll just wait till I can afford to shell out £160 for a new screen :/
     
  9. Knoodles macrumors 6502

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    Life saver? Not. The best app for what you want to do is Phone View not iPhone View. Here is a link.

    Phone View
     

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