Removed HD from 2007 MacBook - Need help with what to use to read HD

Created at: 2021-05-21 16:35:19
Questioner General

It's been plaguing me for years - photos from my children's early days on the earth were stuck on my old black MacBook (2007). I finally have some free time and have carefully and successfully removed the HD, but to my dismay, the SATA I borrowed from a friend didn't work when I connected the HD and connected the SATA to my new MacBook Pro. I tried another SATA and again, same results.



What was happening? I'd connect the SATA and no device would should in Finder. I tested other devices (external hard drive, a DVD drive) and those registered as drives. Since I tested with one borrowed SATA and one brand new one, I figure the issue is likely that the HD isn't being read by the SATA.



I'm including a photo here of the HD and have highlighted in red a section that does not have any "input" on either SATA. Am I using the wrong enclosure to connect the HD? What am I missing?



Any help is greatly appreciated!

Answer #1:

By: Xzavier Smith

It's been plaguing me for years - photos from my children's early days on the earth were stuck on my old black MacBook (2007). I finally have some free time and have carefully and successfully removed the HD, but to my dismay, the SATA I borrowed from a friend didn't work when I connected the HD and connected the SATA to my new MacBook Pro. I tried another SATA and again, same results.



What was happening? I'd connect the SATA and no device would should in Finder. I tested other devices (external hard drive, a DVD drive) and those registered as drives. Since I tested with one borrowed SATA and one brand new one, I figure the issue is likely that the HD isn't being read by the SATA.



I'm including a photo here of the HD and have highlighted in red a section that does not have any "input" on either SATA. Am I using the wrong enclosure to connect the HD? What am I missing?



Any help is greatly appreciated!

Answer #2:

By: Christa Kessler DVM

You are pointing to the area where jumper options could be installed. It has nothing to do with nothing.



The SATA data connector is in the middle, and the SATA power connector, with more pins is on the left.



If it does not show up in Finder, you may just need to use Disk Utility Repair-Disk on it.

Answer #3:

By: Lawrence Hodkiewicz

Sometimes hard drives just fail to spin up after sitting unused for years. Can you hear or feel the drive platters spinning? Do you hear the drive head attempting to move across the platters using as a zzzz, zzzz, zzzzz sound? If you don't hear or feel the platters spinning/vibrating the drive or hear the drive attempting to move the heads across the disk, then the drive may be dead or the bearings may just be gummed up.



The hard drives from the 2006-2007 MacBooks were known to fail without warning. Apple used to have a free hard drive repair program for the issue and according to Apple at the time the issue could affect any brand of drive used, although I recall it seemed to usually happen with one brand (Seagate I think).



Are you using a good quality USB to SATA Adapter? There are a lot of cheap no name brands out there that I would never trust. I recently bought a Tripp-lite USB3 to SATA Adapter that is really nice.



What is wrong with the 2007 laptop that you just don't boot it up using the internal drive? Perhaps the hard drive was the problem all along.



You may need to contact a professional data recovery service such as Drive Savers or Ontrack. Both vendors provide free estimates and both are recommended by Apple.



FYI, you should always have frequent & regular backups. While this has always been important it is even more critical since it is impossible to recover accidentally deleted from an SSD after the Trash is emptied plus an SSD can fail at any time without any warning signs. In addition Apple or an AASP are unlikely to be able to access the data on a 2018+ Mac with the T2 security chip if the Mac has a hardware issue (even the 2016-2017 USB-C Macs cannot always have data recovered if the hardware fails).