QUestion mark means new hard drive

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  1. barnetda macrumors regular

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    My wifes Macbook suddenly had a question mark over a file flashing on a grey blackground today.

    She took it to Apple who said the hard drive had failed and they installed a new hard drive.

    Unfortunatly she didnt back up (i know!!) and so has lost her data.

    I have the old hard drive is there any way she can buy an enclosure and try and see if its possible to get the data off of it?

    Thanks
     
  2. barnetda thread starter macrumors regular

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    As a follow up question. I want to purchase a Drobo but i assume the hard drive wont fit it?

    www.drobo.com

    thanks
     
  3. Reflow macrumors 68000

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    If you read the tech specs.

    Drobo Product Specifications
    Four Bay Disk Interface 3.5"
    SATA I or SATA II hard disk drives
    Full or half-height, no carriers required
    Choose the drive manufacturer, capacity (mixed capacities ok), and
    spindle speed or cache that fits your current storage needs

    What you have is a 2.5" HDD so it will not fit properly. What you need is a 2.5" SATA enclosure. Good luck in your search...
     
  4. barnetda thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks Reflow.

    Will find the best one.

    I doubt the data will be there but its worth a try.
     
  5. Reflow macrumors 68000

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    Here is what I use for work. It's a great little device.. Every tech should have one.
     
  6. hughvane macrumors 6502

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    Yes, a SATA-USB adaptor. They're cheap and they're very handy in a situation like yours. See attachment. More expensive adaptors are available from OWC http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Newer Technology/U2NV2SPATA/

    Incidentally, a flashing question mark on a folder indicates no startup system can be located. That may or may not indicate a failed hard drive. So, you could indeed be in luck in that you may now now have a working, if not altogether healthy, external hard drive. Here's hoping!

    Edit: just found another (and cheaper) adaptor from Reflow's proffered link http://www.amazon.com/Sabrent-USB-DSC5-3-5-Inch-Converter-Adapter/dp/B000HJ99DI/ref=pd_bxgy_e_img_c
     

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  7. Reflow macrumors 68000

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    I bought one of theses a while back and it was like putting a jigsaw puzzle together. So I bought the one I posted.
     
  8. hughvane macrumors 6502

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    The one shown in the attachment is like having an extra harm/hand, and it was only US$14. I then bought another similar one at similar price that had the addition of SATA. Made in Taiwan or China, can't recall.
     
  9. barnetda thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks very much for all the info. Really appreciated.

    I will get the enclosure tomorrow and hope the data is still there.

    Thanks
     

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