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Question: How do I extract data from HD on mac that won't boot?

A couple days ago I got the flashing question mark folder at start up. I tried to boot in recovery mode but no disk shows up in start up disk utility. I'm hoping I just need to replace the cable inside the macbook.


But more importantly - I need to get the data off that hard drive before I go around trying to fix this computer. What is the best way to get the data off hard drive safely?


1) Should I get an external hard drive and copy data from recovery mode? Is this possible, and if so how do I do that?

2) Should I remove the hard drive and use an external enclosure and use a different computer to copy that data to a second external hard drive? Keep in mind I don't have access to another Mac so it would have to be done on PC.


Any and all advice would be appreciated, I really need that data! (and I really need to get this computer to turn on!)

MacBook Pro

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Nov 14, 2017 12:19 PM in response to m3power333 In response to m3power333

Hi,


#1 isn't going to work if you can't boot. There's no way around that.


Use #2, but you are going to need another Mac. You can also try Target Disk Mode, but again, you're going to need another Mac.

Nov 14, 2017 12:19 PM

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Question: How do I extract data from HD on mac that won't boot?