Pulling old SSD from PIN locked computer. Keep data?
I have a 2011 iMac and it has worked fine for 4 years until it suddenly PIN locked. I have tried everything, but no joy. I got it free and it has a replaced mobo, so there is no calling Apple for help. It has an ifixit SSD conversion kit with a 2TB SSD.
I have a refurbished 2017 iMac coming. If I pull the SSD and put it in the 2017 will I have problems? I know I need a different thermal adapter and have that ordered already.
My understanding is that the PIN lock in on the motherboard, not the drive. I would hate to cause the replacement to get pin locked from the drive.
Should I clone the old drive to a backup, and then format it fresh and start with a clean system, then import my user accounts and data back from the clone?
I pulled the drive and using a USB to SATA adapter, I plugged it into my laptop. The drive is completely empty. When the computer went into pinlock, it must have also erased the drive. I ran Disk Drill on it overnight and so far, it has found only a few pll files.