Umm... you're kidding, right?Hey..Im just about to send back my Macbook (which does not want to start anymore) but im not sure if my data on the HD is secure or not?
It's called removing the hard drive and putting it in an external enclosure and using another computer to back up the contents (and delete anything you don't want others to see).
This really is two issues:
To reinforce what has already been said: Your data is not secure, and they may very well wipe the drive or give you another one.Hey..Im just about to send back my Macbook (which does not want to start anymore) but im not sure if my data on the HD is secure or not?
I have only one user, which is password protected (password is something like: ghdur8ht)...
This really is two issues:
1) EVERYONE should have a recent backup of their data...stored in a separate location than their computer is kept if possible. There is no excuse not to. After all, there are only two kinds of computer users. Those who have had a hard drive fail, and those who are going to.
2) What to do when you have to send machine in and it won't boot. Will it boot in target mode?
um. no. each keychain file has a password. NORMALLY this is the same as your login password, and is automatically unlocked when you log in. however, if the passwords do not match, you will be prompted to unlock the keychain.Including your online banking IDs and any passwords in the Keychain.
ProSoft sells diagnostic software that can crack the keychain and expose the passwords inside as long as you can boot the machine.um. no. each keychain file has a password. NORMALLY this is the same as your login password, and is automatically unlocked when you log in. however, if the passwords do not match, you will be prompted to unlock the keychain.
also, as much as they may be technically able to see your data, if they were to do anything with said data, they would be liable for damages. now if you have illegal stuff they may report you (child porn is usually the big thing they report)
yeah I did put the HD in!^There are two possible problems, the first being that you need to format the HD into the HSF+ format, which is the Mac filesystem. This can be done in the Disk Utility in the Applications folder. The second problem is that if you just bought an enclosure, you need a HD to go along with that as well (I'm sure that this isn't the case, but just to make sure).
Hey..thanks for the reply. I got a really cheap one and it did come with drivers, but it seems to only be for Windows 98, and mac but before osx. I dont really understand the bit about the partition but haave uploaded a pic.I did read most of the thread, but I mis-read the part where you actually took the HD out of your Macbook and put it into the enclosure. In that case you definitely don't want to format it because you'll lose all of your data. The HD should work just fine in the enclosure, so it could be the enclosure that's messing things up. What's the maker/model of it? And did it come with any drivers? Another thing to try is to hook it up to your computer, then open up Disk Utility (Apps->Utilities) and see if you can see the HD and partition in that