How to recover files from external hard drive on Mac?

By Vivian | Posted to Howto on July 13th, 2020 |

When the external hard drive is not showing up or recognizing on Mac, the first concern for most users is the important data stored on the drive. How to recover files from external hard drive on Mac?

The good news is, you can recover data from external hard drive with free Mac data recovery software like iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac.

iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac is one of the best hard drive data recovery software. It can recover lost data from the external hard drives when it's not recognized, not readable, not working or not showing up on Mac. Moreover, this data recovery software can recover lost data from formatted, corrupted, and unmounted external hard drives. It supports data recovery from APFS, HFS, HFS+, exFAT, FAT32 formatted external hard drives.

This program works with macOS 10.15 (Catalina), macOS 10.14 (Mojave), macOS 10.13 (High Sierra), macOS 10.12 (Sierra) and OS X 10.11 (El Capitan), 10.10 (Yosemite), 10.9 (Mavericks), 10.8 (Mountain Lion), 10.7 (Lion).

How to recover files from external hard drive on Mac?

Step 1: Install and launch iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac on your Mac.

Before launching this Mac data recovery software, you need connect the corrupted external hard drive to your Mac. Later, you can check if the external hard drive is detected and show up in iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac software.

Recover lost data from not recognized external hard drive on Mac

Step 2: Select the corrupted external hard drive to scan for lost data.

If you can find the corrupted external hard drive in the list, select it and then click Scan to search for data on this external hard drive.

Step 3: Preview the searching results and recover the target ones.

With the assistance of iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac, you get a chance to check the condition of your data by using its Preview feature. Simply filter the scanning result, select the file to preview, and click "Recover" to get them back.

preview lost data on the unrecognizable external hard drive on Mac

Step 4: After ensuring all recovered files can be opened, you can use Disk Utility to format exernal hard drive and make it working again.

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