Ask Max: Format my hard drive without a working logic board?
My logic board died on me last night, but got someone that wants to buy it from me for parts. Is it possible for me to format my hard drive without a working logic board? Model: A1286 MacBook Pro 2011! Thanks
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A logic board failure often makes the computer unusable. This makes re-formatting a drive difficult.
In most cases, when a logic board goes, the data on the drive is still intact. You can try physically pulling the drive out of the machine, since it’s fairly accessible. Place the drive into an external enclosure, so you can access the data on it from another machine. In an enclosure, it will act as an external HD does. This also safeguards that your personal data, and your information remains in your possession.