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    How to boot on another laptop
    hello,

    I have my macbook pro screen not functioning anymore, and I need to use the system itself. I removed the hard disk drive and turned it to a USB hard disk (external) and i want to use it and operate the mac system on another laptop, the only laptop available is a windows 7 laptop. How can i do this?

    Thanks

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    Or even a way using a mac to operate the external hard disk

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    I assume that by turning the drive into a usb drive you mean that you put the old ftdrive in a usb enclosure. If so, booting another Mac from that drive will work if there is enough similarity between the two systems annd what version of the OS is on the drive. To answer the question for sure we would have to know more details about both computers.

    It would be easy to test though. Plug the usb drive into the Mac you want to use and turn it on. As soon as you hear the startup chime hold down the Option key until the list of drives appears. When they do select the drive and press Enter​.

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    Get another Mac, or try these options, https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/4-ways...drive-windows/.
    -- Bob --
    Please backup. Everything has a life cycle, unexpected and warning free. Nothing will last as long as you want it to.

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    Did you guys miss that the "other" machine is a Windows system? Sly, I don't think the option/boot will work on a PC as it does on a Mac. Bob's suggestion is better.

    For the OP, the macOS operating system is intended for Apple hardware and is not licensed to use on any other kind of machine. Hence, it probably won't run and the steps to make it run will turn the PC into what is known as a Hackintosh, which is not permitted to be discussed here. You will definitely have to get another Mac to be able to boot that drive.
    Jake

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    That's why I wrote the line below.
    Quote Originally Posted by Slydude View Post
    I assume that by turning the drive into a usb drive you mean that you put the old ftdrive in a usb enclosure. If so, booting another Mac from that drive will work if there is enough similarity between the two systems annd what version of the OS is on the drive. To answer the question for sure we would have to know more details about both computers.

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    Sly, that line was what made me think you had missed it. The OP doesn't have another Mac, just a PC, according to his post. But it's no biggie. Bottom line, the OP needs another Mac to boot that old drive.
    Jake

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ahmado View Post
    Or even a way using a mac to operate the external hard disk
    II assumed that this meant the OP had access to another Mac.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slydude View Post
    That's why I wrote the line below.
    Quote Originally Posted by Slydude View Post
    II assumed that this meant the OP had access to another Mac.


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