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    Delete files off macbook but i cant turn it on
    I spilt a drink accidently over my macbook the other day (was an accident and i am always carful with it, had it since 2008). I tried to dry it out and left it for a few days open in a warm place. However went to turn it on today and nothing happens, wont turn on. Thankfully it is covered under insurance however I need to delete some files off it before i send it off, nothing illegal, just personal files that i dont really want anyone else to see.

    Is there anything I can do to access these files and delete them?

    Thanks

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    Yes. Remove the hard drive from the MacBook (easy task) and insert it in a USB carrier or case. Attach it to another Mac and delete the files or just erase the entire hard drive, after making a backup of course! Let us know if that works for you.

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    Sounds simple enough. But what do i need to connect it to another mac or computer??

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    Quote Originally Posted by xandersers View Post
    Sounds simple enough. But what do i need to connect it to another mac or computer??
    The external case you buy for your hard drive should come with a USB cable.
    I've always wanted to be smart, handsome and modest. But, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with two out of three . . .

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    MY-Link 2.5inch USB2.0 IDE External Hard Drive Case Enclosure:Amazon:Electronics

    is this the kind of casing i should be looking for??

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    No, wrong carrier case. You need a USB SATA carrier case not IDE. IDE will not work.

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