How to run iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac in macOS Recovery Mode?

By Molly | Posted to Home > Mac Data Recovery Tips, updated on April 10th, 2020 |

Summary: This post is about how to use iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac in Mac Recovery Mode. Also, it introduces Mac Recovery Mode in detail.

Table of contents
1. How to run iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac in macOS Recovery mode?
2. Other things about Mac Recovery Mode

How to run iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac in macOS Recovery mode?

iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac can recover data from unbootable Macs. It helps rescue data when Mac is not turning on, not starting up, stuck on loading or login screen with Apple logo, etc. This software can also recover lost data from failed internal Mac hard drive, corrupted APFS boot drive, and unmountable APFS boot volumes.

Depending on what Mac operating system you are using, the following solution are only suitable for macOS 10.8 and later version. You can see which operating system is installed on your Mac Recovery HD partition by macOS Utilities > Reinstall macOS.

Tips: Data recovery from Apple M1 Mac's internal hard drive is under development. If you have this needs, please contact [email protected]

Solution 1: (Requires macOS 10.12 and later version)

  • 1. Start your Mac and then press Option + Command + R key combinations (If your Mac was introduced in 2018 and later, press Option + Command + R + Shift key combinations).
  • Mac Internet Recovery Mode
  • You can release the key combinations until you see the spinning globe.
  • Mac Internet Recovery Mode
  • 2. Choose a network for your Mac. You need to make your Mac connected to the Internet all the time.
  • You will see the spinning globe instead of the apple logo. It's because you're starting macOS Recovery via the Internet. When you see the macOS Utilities menu, your Mac is in the Recovery Mode.
  • 3. Open Terminal from Utilities drop-down menu.
  • Terminal Mac Recovery Mode
  • 4. Run the following command and wait a moment. This will launch iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac in macOS Recovery mode.
  • sh <(curl


  1. There are two spaces in the above command, one space after sh, another space after curl.
  2. If you see a message "No such file or directory" after running the above command, it means you entered the wrong command, please enter the correct one and try again.
  3. If you see a message "Could not resolve host:" after running the above command, it means your Mac has not connected to Internet. When running iBoysoft Data Recovery in macOS recovery mode, it needs to load iBoysoft Data Recovery from our Server, please connect your Mac to Internet and try again.
  4. If the entered command is not found, please check if you entered wrong command or your macOS is older than macOS 10.12 (The old macOS doesn't have curl command).
  • 5. After iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac launched, you can continue to get data off the unbootable Mac.
  • 6. In iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac, you can select the Mac hard drive in the list.
  • recover lost data from macOS drive
  • If it is a corrupted drive with APFS encrypted file system, click "Find Lost APFS Partitions" at the top and continue.
  • 7. Click on the Scan button. The program will start scanning for lost data on the drive.
  • 8. Preview the scanning results and choose the files you want to get back.
  • preview lost data in macOS drive
  • 9. Click on the Recover button. You will be asked to choose a location to store the recovered files. Please select a different location, such as an external drive. But make sure the external drive is not formatted with NTFS file system because macOS cannot write to NTFS drive.

Solution 2:

You need to prepare those things before you go further:

a. Another device. It could be a Windows PC, a Mac or even an Android mobile phone which is connected to the internet.

b. A USB drive.

  • 1. Plug the USB drive into the healthy computer or the device listed above. Please remember the name of the USB drive.
  • 2. Download the two files as below and save them to the root directory of the USB drive.
  • 3. Plug the USB drive into the unbootable Mac.
  • 4. Boot the problematic Mac into macOS Recovery mode. You need to restart your Mac, and immediately hold down Command + R keys until you see the Apple logo.
  • 5. Open Terminal in top Utilities, type the command below, and then press Enter.
  • mount
  • From the listed drives, find out the USB drive and remember its path. For example, /Volumes/Work Space as showing in the picture below.
  • Recover Data in macOS Recovery mode through iBoysoft Server
  • 6. Type the following command and press Enter. For example, /Volumes/Work Space is the path, then you should type in cd '/Volumes/Work Space'.
  • cd 'the USB drive location'
  • 7. Then type this command:
  • chmod 777 ./ && ./
  • If the entered command is not found, please check if you entered wrong command.
  • 8. After iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac launched, you can start to scan and preview lost data by the on-screen tutorial.

Tips: When activating iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac, make sure the Mac is connected to Internet.

Other things about Mac Recovery Mode

Except for Mac data recovery, what else you can do in macOS Recovery mode?

Indeed, Mac Recovery Mode can help you in many other tasks. To better understand this feature, let's start with a brief introduction to the the Recovery Mode on your Mac.

What is Mac Recovery Mode?

Mac Recovery Mode is a special mode that starts your Mac from a built-in Recovery HD partition. This recovery partition contains an image of the macOS installer, macOS Utilities ( Mac OS X Utilities for older Macs), and some other recovery tools like Terminal.

To get into recovery mode on Mac:

boot into macOS Recovery mode

These utilities and tools make it possible to troubleshoot many issues especially when the Mac is unable to boot up.

How to use macOS Utilities in macOS Recovery mode?

macOS Utilities is one of the most important parts in Mac Recovery Mode. You can perform several tasks and solve probelms with the assistance of macOS Utilities. It is called Mac OS X Utilities for some older Mac. The following are things you can do with macOS Utilities.

Mac Recovery Mode

Task 1: Restore from Time Machine Backup

The first feature you can rely on is to Restore from Time Machine Backup. If you have backed up files with an external hard drive, you'll be able to restore files or even the system when Mac can't start up. The APFS snapshot of local startup disk before macOS update could also be available via Time Machine.

Task 2: Reinstall macOS in macOS Recovery mode

Based on how you boot Mac into macOS Recovery mode with different key combinations, you are allowed to reinstall different operating system versions per your need.

  1. If you press Command + R at startup, you'll be able to reinstall the latest macOS that was installed on your Mac.
  2. If you press Command + Option + R at startup, you can upgrade to the latest macOS that is compatible with your Mac.
  3. If you press Command + Shift + Option + R at startup, you'll reinstall the macOS that came with your Mac machine, or the closest version still available.

Task 3: Repair or erase disks with Disk Utility

Sometimes, Mac won't boot up because of startup disk corruption. In this case, a disk repair tool could save your Mac easily. So, Disk Utility in Mac Recovery Mode is such an important tool to repair disks that failed. You can use this utility to check, verify, repair, erase the startup disk when there is a problem.

Task 4: Get Help online

It allows you to visit Apple support pages or other web pages for help, even though some features like extensions and bookmarks are not available in Safari. What's more, it's an ideal way to check for Internet connection.

How to use other options in Mac Recovery Mode?

Except for macOS Utilities, several other recovery tools are accessible from the menu at the top of the page.

Here are some important ones.

  1. 1. Terminal. This tool allows users who know command lines to access the Mac, even the Mac can't boot to the normal desktop. Running iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac and rescuing files through Terminal is an example.
  2. 2. Startup Security Utility. This makes sure that your Mac always starts up from the designated startup disk with a trusted operating system.
  3. 3. Network Utility. It provides information and troubleshooting tools to help you with your network, including check network connection and test DNS server.

Moreover, Macs with the T2 security chip have more options under Utiltiies drop-down box, including Firmware password protection and Secure Boot and External Boot options.

Standard Recovery Mode vs. Internet Recovery Mode

As it was pointed out previously, there are several ways to boot Mac into macOS Recovery mode. What is the differences between them exactly?

Most of the time, people would press Command + R to boot Mac into macOS Recovery mode. You can do this because the startup disk in your Mac contains a recovery HD partition locally. It's known as the standard Recovery Mode.

However, you can't enter Recovery Mode if the recovery partition is damaged, or if the boot sector is missing. In this case, Command + R are not working. Then, you'll need to try Internet Recovery Mode by pressing Command + Option + R.

Internet Recovery Mode (also known as Network Recovery Mode) is available for newer Macs. Rather than loading from local recovery partition, it loads recovery utilities from Apple's server over the Internet. So, you have to connect your Mac to the network if you need to use the Internet Recovery Mode.

To sum up, the Internet Recovery Mode helps If Command + R are not working and your Mac won't boots into standard Recovery Mode.


You probably have never used Mac Recovery Mode until your Mac is not booting up. After reading this post, you know that you can use iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac in macOS Recovery mode to rescue data from unbootable Macs. You can fix the crashed Mac and repair corrupted startup disk. With several recovery tools in macOS Recovery mode, you can do things more than just waiting for help.