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    Accessing an old macbook pro hard drive
    hi
    i had a problem with my macbook pro and took into the store. there was a problem with the hard drive where it was randomly not recognized some times. it was under warranty, so they replaced it with a new one and gave me the old one to keep. now i do not have a backup of my old files and need to access the old hard drive. how do i do it? is there any external enclosure that i can buy to use it in? or what cables should i get to connect it to the macbook and get my data?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scorpion View Post
    hi
    i had a problem with my macbook pro and took into the store. there was a problem with the hard drive where it was randomly not recognized some times. it was under warranty, so they replaced it with a new one and gave me the old one to keep. now i do not have a backup of my old files and need to access the old hard drive. how do i do it? is there any external enclosure that i can buy to use it in? or what cables should i get to connect it to the macbook and get my data?
    Yes...just get an external enclosure. How old is your MBP? I'm guessing you have a 2.5" SATA drive (9.5 mm in height). I bought an enclosure from Amazon for $5 (includes shipping) when I replace my HD. Now my old drive serves as an external HD.Here's the one I bought. It comes with the USB cable to plug it in...and you don't have to use both of them. I backed mine up and use it just fine with only one plugged in.

    Amazon.com: USB 2.0 2.5 HARD DRIVE SATA HDD EXTERNAL CASE ENCLOSURE: Electronics

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    I would recommend gong to Performance Upgrades; FireWire USB SATA Storage; Memory, more at OWC (OWC) and look there. Their prices are more than reasonable and sell complete kits.

    Here is a direct link to their offerings.

    External Hard Drive Enclosure Kits for IDE, ATA, SATA, Optical Drives

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    thank you auzambo! ordered it just now.

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    i got the case and it works. but the transfer speed is absurdly slow!
    is there anything else i should be doing?

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