Wipe harddrive on old MBP that won't turn on

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Floose, Jan 8, 2012.

  1. Floose macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2012

    I have a faulty 2007 MBP that I want to sell for parts. Before doing so I need to erase all the data, but when I press the power button nothing happens so I can't access any files. The power button makes the drive sound but not chime. I've taken the battery out and tried a SMC reset. I've also put the Install disc in but it just whirrs then ejects itself.

    Any ideas how I can access or wipe the data (it is backed up but ideally I'd like to double check I've got everything)? I have a MBP 2011 I can transfer the data to.

  2. MarkMS macrumors 6502a

    Aug 30, 2006
    What happened to the MBP? Logic board go bad? Not sure if this is the best option, but you can get one of those SATA to USB converters from newegg for $15-$20. You would be able to get access to the drive on your new MBP and can zero it out later if you want to sell it.
  3. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    Pull the hard drive out, stick it in an enclosure and wipe it?
  4. Ant-honey macrumors newbie

    Nov 16, 2004
    This, or just pull it out and leave it out...
  5. Floose thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2012
    Thanks. I'm not sure what happened to the MBP, it just died. It was old and very hot/noisy so I bought a new one.

    When you say stick the hard drive in an enclosure, what do you mean please? Is this something I can do with an external harddrive, or do I have to buy something special?
  6. MarkMS macrumors 6502a

    Aug 30, 2006

    An enclosure is the outer shell of an external hard drive. http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCategory.aspx?SubCategory=92&name=External-Enclosures

    If you want to keep the drive and use it for back up, you would get an enclosure that houses 2.5" drives. Just plug the drive in, screw in the hard drive screws and you're done.
  7. Floose thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2012
  8. prisstratton macrumors 6502a


    Dec 20, 2011
    Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  9. Hook'Em2006 macrumors 6502

    Sep 9, 2009
    Plano, TX
    I have had that happen to a couple of hard drives on MS products. I have literally pulled the hard drive and destroyed it via taking it apart and destructing the platters.

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