Use the "T" button Luke....
By leroyk on Nov 26, 2008
This past week my trusting Macbook Pro would not come out of the sleep function when I opened the LCD. Well I maybe should have waited but it seemed like 30 seconds or more went past. So I decided to power the laptop down using the power switch. Well the power down did not do a proper shutdown. On the next boot the ole Macbook Pro could not get past the login screen. It kept looping. I could boot the machine in "single user mode". The check disk found nothing.
So I decided to recover on my own. Well my DVD finally died thus I could not boot off the installation dvd. So I bought an USB dvd drive. Turns out the laptop will not boot off an USB dvd. It needs a firewire drive. Which are impossible to find in a pinch.
So I decided it was time to exercise my "Apple Care" policy. More on this later.
The Apple folks gave me this valuable bit of info. The Macbook Pro will, if use the hold the "T" key down while booting will enable you to connect your laptop via Firewire to another Mac. This will let you copy files from one Mac to another Mac. Yes.
Apple Care just rocks. No fuss at all. I dropped the MBP off on Sunday once I got back from travel. It was repaired by Monday evening. Picked her up on Tuesday. The new drive works. New OS is good. One pleasant side note was the original files on my MBP where saved off in a "Previous" directory. Wow even better.
After using Apple Care I am thinking of finally getting rid of that last PC. I would love a Mac Pro. Oh baby. But my needs vs. desires are slightly misaligned. Those iMacs look nice. Same problem. The 20 inch iMac is nice. But that 24 inch iMac just screams you want me. Well we will see.