Salvaging a dead macbook's harddrive?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by KOSTUDENT, Mar 24, 2012.

  1. KOSTUDENT macrumors newbie

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    Hi all,

    I recently had a 2008 macbook die on me. I was told that the mother board is dead and the hard drive is likely spared. I have been doing some digging online and it seems that I can take the drive out and put it in an external enclosure, so that it can function as an external hard drive.

    I looked on apple's website and it appears that this macbook model uses a SATA drive. So I found this external enclosure:

    http://www.powerbookmedic.com/SATA-Hard-Drive-Enclosure---MacBook-and-MacBook-Pro-p-17017.html

    So, I had a couple of questions:

    1.) Do I need any tools to put the drive in and secure it in the external enclosure?

    2.) If I use the USB cable to attach the drive to a different computer, will I be able to drag and drop files directly off the drive or will the new computer attempt to reformat the drive?

    3.) Has anyone used the website http://www.powerbookmedic.com/? The website seems professional enough, but I just wanted to make sure they are "legit" before I actually do business with them.

    Thanks in advance!
     
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  3. Laurencia7 macrumors 6502

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    I use this website, the tools are more than you'll need but great and last long, and affordable: http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/TOOLKITMHD/

    Installing, and removing a hard drive is really simple. Just be sure you don't have static issues. Make sure the drive enclosure is for a 2.5 drive.
    This video will help you taking out the drive: Drive removal
    This video will help you put the drive in the enclosure: Enclosure Install
    Just skip his "reformat" step.

    Hope that helps.
     

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