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Dead Macbook Hard Drive
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Jan 10, 2007, 11:31 PM
I ran a search and need more answers than I could find. I'm past Drive repair and diagnosis and am really just looking for some way to salvage my data.

My Macbook HD is basically dead. When I boot up I can hear a couple of clicks and then I get the folder with a question mark. When I boot up from the Install DVD Disk Utility does not see the drive. Same goes for booting in FW target mode - the computer I connect it to can see the DVD in the drive but no hard drive - disk warrior doesn't see it either.

So, is there any possible way to salvage the data. I'm planning on buying a $20 2.5" SATA enclosure so I can continue to work on the drive after I get a new replacement.

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Jan 11, 2007, 12:51 AM
i have heard of a last ditch effort to be able to save the drive. and when i say last ditch, i mean REALLY last ditch.

one way i have heard of (not actually tried) is that it is possible to "dissect" the hard drive and transfer the platters to another hard drive.

another way i have heard of is possibly freezing the hard drive in a freezer. i don't know why. try google.

good luck.
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