transferring data from old hard drive to a new laptop

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by vincent84, Oct 26, 2010.

  1. vincent84 macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2010
    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 603

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    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

    Oct 26, 2010

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