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Old 02-14-2017, 08:18 AM   #1
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Escaping Apple's Clutches

I've got about 15 years worth of pix on iPhoto. I maintained the library and data on (2) separate external hard drives (one master, and one Time Machine).

My Macbook Pro crapped out about a year ago.
First it started running reeeaallly slow. Then, it stopped charging. Did a bunch of Googling, and Apple support forums recommendations. Replaced battery and charger. Nothing helped.

I'm told eight years is about all I can expect out of an Apple laptop.

So, I'm looking at replacing and the prices are ridiculous. I don't need an Apple, but how am I going to get at my iPhoto libraries without one? I also have RAID drives out of a dead G4 tower with hours and hours of DV capture (Final Cut Pro) I'd love to be able to get at.

Any ideas?
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Old 02-14-2017, 08:38 AM   #2
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I've been in your shoes. I left and came back!
If you are complaining about the cost of a simple Alpple computer amortized over 8 years wait until you see what happens with a pc.
You might check with an Apple Store or computer shop locally to see if they might pull your photos from your drive for you though.
I'm sure you can find someone to do it.
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When I bought my first macbook pro it was about 6 months old (2 years ago). I went through a store on ebay called "sell your mac" or something like that. Anyway it came with Apple care warranty, worked perfectly, nary a scratch and cheaper than retail.
Here is their website, there should be a link to their ebay listings. They also have a retail store near Cincinnati where I picked up the computer.
http://www.sellyourmac.com/
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Old 02-14-2017, 08:49 AM   #4
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That's not a bad idea. I could use my brothers iMac and just export to another clean hardrive.
Although, it seems to me I did that once for a project and it stripped out all the EXIF data- dates and all. Ugh.
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Old 02-14-2017, 08:52 AM   #5
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When I bought my first macbook pro it was about 6 months old (2 years ago). I went through a store on ebay called "sell your mac" or something like that. Anyway it came with Apple care warranty, worked perfectly, nary a scratch and cheaper than retail.
Here is their website, there should be a link to their ebay listings. They also have a retail store near Cincinnati where I picked up the computer.
http://www.sellyourmac.com/
Thanks. I'll check them out. But, I'm a little gunshy of used. I bought a couple towers years ago from 'Mac of all Trades' and they died exactly one day out of warranty. I kid you not. LOL.
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Old 02-14-2017, 09:04 AM   #6
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refurb store

Look at the Apple refurbished store

Same warranty as new. Bought about 4 or so devices that way, never an issue,

http://www.apple.com/shop/browse/hom...slid--product-
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I keep two external hard drives. One is for Time Machine backups and the other was for photos when I had a PC.
The photos are JPEGS so they are read just fine by a Mac or PC.
External HD are cheap, about $50 for a terabyte.

It's possible you can take the hard drive out of the failing computer and read everything on another computer.
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Some colleges give new laptops to students. At the end of the year they pawn them. Check pawn shops near a college campus. A co-worker bought a macbook pro for $400. It's best if you know something about computers if you want to change cases, etc.
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I got a refurbished MBP from Apple, for about half what a latest-and-greatest model was going for. Yes, it was 2 years old, but for a $900 savings, I don't mind.
I got a 21.5" iMac off Ebay, I think from the sell your mac people. It was 9 months old, so still under a portion of original warranty, and it was about a third of new.
Another place to look is Best Buy. They have "open box" Macs for 10%-15% off their discounted price, and they come with the original Apple 12 month warranty. That's how we came to get my wife's Macbook Air.
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I have been running these style of externals for 15 years, when I upgraded the HD in my TiBook. Bought a On the Go Pro enclosure, a DIY and bootable with your HD scavenged from your dead 'puter
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I'm told eight years is about all I can expect out of an Apple laptop.



And you're complaining about it? A cheapo windows laptop may last a year, and good quality one maybe 3. I've gotten 4 years out of my last 2 and I replaced because I needed the speed and memory.

When you compare a MacBook Pro to a maxed out Dell or Lenovo you'll see their are competitive. And usually lighter, thinner, and you don't have a giant power brick to lug around either.
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Thereís something to be said about the non-electronic good old family photo albums...

And, I just read about CD & DVD degeneration over time... so much for my classic movie collection!
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Thereís something to be said about the non-electronic good old family photo albums...

And, I just read about CD & DVD degeneration over time... so much for my classic movie collection!
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That's the truth.

I make a hardcover photo album on heavy, acid free stock, every year as an Xmas present for my wife. Sort of a family 'Year in Review'.
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I'm told eight years is about all I can expect out of an Apple laptop.

So, I'm looking at replacing and the prices are ridiculous.

Eight years is an amazingly long life for a computer. I'd suggest that the Apple, despite the "apparently" high prices are actually much cheaper in the long run.

I've never had a non-mac last more than three years or so before I wanted to toss it.

Think about the software you DON'T have to buy with an Apple.

It all adds up. I think Apple is the CHEAPEST by far!
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