I am looking for a way to recover files from a Mac. Following facts:
- The files I want to recover are on Mac #2. I have another Mac if I need it.
- Mac #2 no longer turns on. It no longer boots up. It powers up, but it won't come to the login.
- On the Mac that works, I can't enable FileVault. I can't because it's a company laptop and without the admin password that goes through the Apple ID, I can't turn on FileVault. However, I think FileVault should actually be enabled on the broken MacBook? It probably isn't.
- It's really just about a file that is in the home directory.
- the Macbook is already a bit older. It should be around 2015.
Now the following questions:
- Would it be possible for me to take the hard drive out of the broken Macbook and connect it externally to the working Mac and have access that way? And if so, can I then access the files at all? It is possible that they are encrypted.
- When I turn on the mac in recovery mode and do "reinstall macos", will the personal files be deleted?
Or in general, what can I do? Time Machine is probably not an option.
The file is extremely important and of high value. Also, I have a lot of knowledge in Linux. So I can practically handle very well the shell of the laptop and then drag files to a USB if this were possible.