Putting macbook hard drive in external case

eyebeaz

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Oct 22, 2006
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So my macbook is acting up, and although it boots up it automatically freezes. The mac genius at my local apple store tried archive and installing but that did not work, and she wants to try an erase and install. I have most of my hard drive backed up but would like to back the rest of it up. I know that the hard drive is easily accessible by taking out the battery of the macbook. My question is whether I can simply take it out, buy an external casing, and plug that in to another macbook to back up my data. The Macbook is a 1st generation one and the hard drive is a 60 GB Toshiba. Any help and advice is appreciated!
 

Eidorian

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Mar 23, 2005
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So my macbook is acting up, and although it boots up it automatically freezes. The mac genius at my local apple store tried archive and installing but that did not work, and she wants to try an erase and install. I have most of my hard drive backed up but would like to back the rest of it up. I know that the hard drive is easily accessible by taking out the battery of the macbook. My question is whether I can simply take it out, buy an external casing, and plug that in to another macbook to back up my data. The Macbook is a 1st generation one and the hard drive is a 60 GB Toshiba. Any help and advice is appreciated!
Just use Target Disk Mode.
 

eyebeaz

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Oct 22, 2006
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Alright well I attempted target disk mode and the disk didn't show up. I proceeded to open disk utility and the target disk showed up but I was unable to verify the disk. Based on this is it safe to assume that my hard drive has been damaged?
 

Eidorian

macrumors Penryn
Mar 23, 2005
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Indianapolis
Alright well I attempted target disk mode and the disk didn't show up. I proceeded to open disk utility and the target disk showed up but I was unable to verify the disk. Based on this is it safe to assume that my hard drive has been damaged?
Sounds like a bad hard drive to me. You saved the price of the external enclosure as well.