Recovering User Profile from MB

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by PCgeek215, Jul 17, 2013.

  1. PCgeek215 macrumors newbie

    Jul 8, 2009
    Hi all,

    A friend has given me her white non-unibody macbook to recover her data off. She says that it doesn't boot and when it does, it will soon loose power and just switch off. Sure enough, I get the mac and experience exactly that. I don't have the right FW cable for target disk mode so I extracted the HDD.

    Upon hooking the hard drive up via a SATA-USB adapter, I can browse the contents of the hard drive. Everything seems to be in place except for the contents of /Users/<username> There is nothing there. How could this be? Is there a partition that I'm missing? Some encryption I need to get around?

    I've run data recovery software over the disk and it's failed to find anything that isn't already on the disk. The disk looks to be in perfect order.

    Any suggestions guys?

    Thanks in advance!!
  2. PCgeek215 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 8, 2009
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    It could be that you don't see it because you are not logged in to her account.

    Try to option key boot to her drive then login to her account directly. That should allow you to see her data.

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