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Mac Book - Move a Drive

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I have a Mac Book Pro circa 2007.  The LCD fell off etc.  Now it won't boot.  If I bought a new Mac Book, could move the drive from the orginal machine in it?  It may not be the same exact version of the Mac OS.  What about Drives?  I heard there may be a migration tool...
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Dave BaldwinFixer of Problems
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A new Mac Book probably won't boot to the older OS.  I know that you can't install an OS older than the one a Mac was shipped with.  If the drive is good, you should be able to connect it with an external USB drive unit and get the data off of it.  If you buy a new Mac at the Apple store, they will often do that for you.  Ask them.
When you first boot the new Mac, it will ask you if you have another Mac you want to move data and settings from. Just connected the old drive to the new Mac using a USB enclosure as suggested by Dave, and all your settings and data should be copied over automatically.
Hi,

  I have run into this problem and yes you if you bought a new MacBook you could move your entire old MacBook to the new one. In your situation I would first try hooking up your mac to an external display, since it may not be the HDD that is not working, but simply your screen. This would make the process a little less painless, since you can use a backup software like Carbon Copy Cloner (Here is the link: http://www.bombich.com/  )to put your entire old mac on an external HDD. Also, this process would allow you to access all of your applications as if it was the Applications folder that resides inside your new Mac. (I currently use this method because I replaced my Mac's HDD with an SSD. However, I can still access all of my old apps, music, and games as if it resided on my internal drive.)

    On the other hand, if you are unable to get the mac to recognize an external screen you can take out the HDD and put it inside of an HDD enclosure case (Here is a link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817707189 ). You can't really beat $18 to turn your old HDD into an external HDD for your new Mac.

   Last, you mentioned Mac's Migration tool and I just wanted to comment on the tool itself. The migration tool is actually part of the installation process and will bring over everything that was on your old Mac. This is great if you want to keep everything on your internal HDD, but really bad if you want to save space. In short, I run a 30G SSD internal HDD, which is cheap (Here is a link to OWC: http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/internal_storage/Mercury_Extreme_SSD_Sandforce/Solid_State_Pro) and run all of my old apps like WoW from my external drive that is in a CCC Archive folder. Runs solid!  Hope this helps.