How to run iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery in Recovery Mode

By Molly | Posted to Mac Data Recovery, updated on Apr. 25th, 2019 |

iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery is able to recover data from unbootable Macs, including Macs that won't turn on, are unable to finish starting up, stuck on loading or login screen with Apple logo, etc. It can also recover data from failed internal Mac hard drive, corrupted APFS boot drive, and unmountable APFS boot volumes, etc.

This method is especially helpful for those who have only one Mac computer that won't turn on.

Tutorial to run iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery in Recovery Mode

Tips: In some circumstances, you will be asked to insert an external drive, such as a USB flash drive, which has enough free space to install iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery or to store the recovered files. So, please make sure you have one at hand.

Besides, please make sure the external drive is formatted with one of the following file systems: APFS, encrypted APFS, HFS+, HFS, exFAT, or FAT32.

Step 1: Start up from macOS Recovery over the Internet.

Please press Power button on unbootable Mac computer and then immediately hold down OPTION+COMMOND+R keys until you see spinning globe instead of an Apple logo during startup. You will see the macOS Utilities window when the machine has finished starting up.

Tips: Your unbootable Mac computer must be connected to a network. If not, you will be prompted to choose a WiFi network.

Step 2: Open Terminal.

Go to Utilities > Terminal from the menu bar.

Mac Recovery Mode

Step 3: Run iBoysoft Data Recovery in Recovery Mode

Type: curl -o /tmp/ && chmod 777 /tmp/ && /tmp/ and press Enter. This will launch iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery through iBoysoft Server.

Recover Data in Recovery Mode through iBoysoft Server

Step 4: After launching iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery, please select the Mac hard drive and click Next button.

Step 5: Preview the scanning results and choose the files you want to get back.

Step 6: Click Recover button. Here please select a different location to store the recovered files.

Tips: To recover data in Recovery Mode, you need to purchase iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery Professional or Technician edition.

Through running iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery in Recovery Mode, you can recover lost data from unbootable Macs. Then, you can go ahead to fix the unbootable computer without worrying about data loss.


Molly is an editor @iBoysoft who frequently shares useful tutorials about data recovery for Windows and Mac.

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