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Macbook Pro and Following Heartbreak Answered

I have a problem and the people on Instructables are so smart I am hoping someone can advise me.   A year ago I used my Macbook Pro in my kitchen and happened to leave it on the kitchen table over night. I never did this before.  We had a huge storm that night and my roof leaked.  I had it repaired following Hurricane Ike and it had been fine but then something happened (I got it fixed - kind of like locking the gate after the cows get out)  and that one night was the only time I ever left my computer there or had a roof leak that was pretty bad and covered my entire table with water. When I saw my table and computer I thought I would fall out!  I picked up the computer and water ran out of it!  I didn't know then to take the battery out and let it dry out completely and I don't know if it would have worked anyway.  I whined for a day or two and then bought a new Macbook Pro.  Now I can get it to power up and it seems like it is working but there is no display. First I wonder is there a way to get that computer to work again.....Second - Is there a way to recover my videos and pictures even if that computer never works again so I can have the pictures of my best friend who recently passed away and have the pictures and videos of the wildlife I love to photograph? I am a principal so I take a lot of pictures and videos at school and make videos for students and staff.  Previously I was the assistant principal and my best friend was my principal and I have a lot of video and pictures of all the fun stuff we used to do just on off time or at school.  My best friend and principal ended up with a brain tumor and passed away a few months ago. She was young and vibrant and larger than life. The staff I inherited from her would love to see some of our videos and pictures from the days when she was healthy and our principal.  It really bothers me that I can't get my videos and pictures for both reasons, the loss of the videos that would remind me and my staff of fun times with my friend at school and because of the animal videos I feel I have lost that I would love to be able to see and use again.I spend my free time making videos and doing animal photography. I have 10 game cameras set up on my property in East Texas and I love to watch the animals.  All of my previous pictures, video, etc....is on that hard drive. I removed it and I can save to it but I can not open up the picture and videos on it. The new Macbook has updated software and I have not been able to open up iPhoto, IMovie, or IDVD and get my my pictures and videos from it.    I really wish I could get those images and videos back.   I now have that hard drive in a hard case to be used as an external hard drive.   If you read all of this, Thank you! If you have any helpful ideas I would love to hear them.  If you have any interest in the type of videos I make feel free to visit my Youtube channel at FoxysMyGirl@youtube.com  Foxy was my first great dane and I was crazy in love with that dog hence the username!   Thank you! Amy

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FoxysMyGirl
FoxysMyGirl

4 years ago

Thank you to each one of you who tried to help me with this concern.

I appreciate your help! Amy

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robo10302
robo10302

4 years ago

Ok if it seems to work then try using an external Monitor. You can use your new Mac to take that data out of the old one. Connect both of them using a thunderbolt cable. You should be able to find a lot of articles just type in boot a macbook using another macbook. Good luck

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liquidhandwash
liquidhandwash

4 years ago

I had this problem several years ago, Mac hard drives can be difficult to work with. I go the files off by plugging the hard drive into a computer that was running ubuntu operating system.

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killerjackalope
killerjackalope

4 years ago

If it seems to be going through the motions without a display have you got a display adapter or friend with one to check it with an external monitor?

Kiteman's right about recovery though, if these files are of serious value then going to a pro can save you a painful misstep.

It sounds as though the harddrive may be partioned if it seems like the old stuff just isn't there, which I remember being an issue from swapping harddrives about with macbooks in the past - I don't have the answer as to how to get your photos, as we didn't have an interest in the old files on our harddrives.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

4 years ago

If they are truly [emotionally] valuable images, it would probably be worth going to talk to a professional - my eldest dropped his iPod in the toilet (they say men can't multi-task, he proved it), we took it to the local Apple store, talked to one of their tech people, and he sorted it all out in minutes.

Your problem is bigger, so may cost, but there some things you cannot value in dollars.

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FoxysMyGirl
FoxysMyGirl

4 years ago

A few pictures from my property and the animals I love to photograph and a few pictures of my best friend and me.

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