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iBook - how to format with broken screen?


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Hi everyone,

Due to an unfortunate accident involving orange juice, my screen on my iBook stopped working. I didn't want to fix it so I bought a new MacBook. Now, I really want to sell my old iBook on ebay.

I need to figure out how I can format the iBook HD without a working screen before selling it. Has anyone an idea?

I tried to hook up an external Display already, but it doesn't work either.

DANKE!
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Your best bet would be to get an external HD enclosure (don't worry, they aren't that expensive) to format your ibook's hard drive on a working computer before you sell it.

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that's what I did. It basically turns your iBook's hard disk into an external hard disk, with FW or USB, for another computer. They're around twenty to thirty bucks.

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THX, but somehow I don't get it. I've never heard of such thing. So I hook it up to my iBook with USB or FW and then another cable to my Macbook?
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u no the same thing hapened to me but just with a speaker falling on it and im using an external display right now and im getting it fixed for 250 witch isnt that much small dog will fix it for 300 i think but if u look around in ur area im sure u can find a mac repair man and he can do it for cheap
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THX, but somehow I don't get it. I've never heard of such thing. So I hook it up to my iBook with USB or FW and then another cable to my Macbook?
It's a cheap way to turn your computers internal HD into an external HD you can plug into any computer. Normally used when a computer goes down and the HD is still good with data on it you need (or the need to format the disk.) Here's how:


1.) Remove your ibook's HD. Look in the manual for instructions on how to do this. If you don't have your manual, look at Apple's support website, they should have a copy.

2.) Follow the directions to install your drive in a compatible enclosure. (any computer store or online for $20 to $30.) Be sure to purchase one with identical specifications to whatever HD type your ibook uses (i.e. 2.5" SATA; check your owner's manual to be sure!)

3.) Plug the enclosure into a working computer, using its USB or FW cable.

4.) Transfer data and/or format drive

5.) Re-install drive in ibook, as desired.

6.) Enjoy!

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