transferring data from old hard drive to a new laptop

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  1. vincent84 macrumors newbie

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    hi there,

    please excuse my ignorance in advance!

    my few months old 13" macbook pro (4gb ram, 500gb hard drive) was destroyed by liquid damage the other day :(. i was told the hard drive may be salvageable and that it would be easy enough to install in a new macbook by myself. however, i've been thinking of using the cost of a new macbook to buy a second- hand macbook pro instead. i presume i wouldnt be able to install the old hard drive on a macbook pro would i? if not then how would i transfer the data to it from the old one?

    thanks in advance for any response
     
  2. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

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    While you could install the drive in another machine, I would first buy a USB drive enclosure and just put the drive in that. Make sure the drive works, then either just use it as a large external drive - or transplant it into the new laptop once you're certain that it is 100% reliable. Enclosures are cheap, and you'll be able to use the drive from the new/old MacBook into it and use that drive still.
     
  3. vincent84 thread starter macrumors newbie

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