How to recover data from failed MacBook Pro hard drive?

By Katrina | Updated to Mac Data Recovery Tips on September 23th, 2020 |

Yesterday, my MacBook Pro crashed. Now every time I tried to reboot it, I got a gray screen. Because I have many valuable files on it, I still wish to recover lost data from MacBook Pro hard drive. I know if I sent the MBP to a service center for repairing, all my files will be totally removed. Please show me a way to get my data back. Many thanks!

From Apple support communities, a large number of users are the victims of failed MacBook Pro hard drive. When the failed MacBook Pro hard drive happens, our Mac computer will stop working and can't be turned on. That means we are unable to access the Mac computer or data stored on it.

Under this circumstance, is it possible to recover data from failed MacBook Pro 2015/2016/2017/2018/2019/2020? The answer is "Yes". Just keep reading, this passage will offer us two hassle-free & safe methods to recover data from failed MacBook Pro hard drive.

Risk-free methods to recover data from failed MacBook Pro hard drive

iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac is a free Mac data recovery software that supports to recover deleted files even emptied from Mac Trash, recover lost data from formatted, unmountable, inaccessible, corrupted hard drive, external hard drive, USB flash drive, memory card, SD card, etc. on macOS Big Sur 11/Catalina 10.15/Mojave 10.14/High Sierra 10.13/10.12 and macOS 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.

Solution 1: If you have only one Mac computer

If you have only one Mac computer, please directly run iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac in macOS Recovery mode and recover lost data from the failed MacBook Pro hard drive. This method is highly recommended as it saves your time and effort.

Note: If your Mac hasn't connect to internet, you need to choose a WiFi network in the upper-right corner of the screen.

  1. Reboot this Mac and press Command +Option +R keys.
  2. Choose a network for your Mac. You need to make your Mac connected to the Internet all the time.
  3. Click Utilities in the top menu and select Terminal from the drop-down menu.
  4. Recover Data in macOS Recovery mode through iBoysoft Server

  5. Type in the following command and this will launch iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac through iBoysoft Server.
    sh <(curl http://boot.iboysoft.com/boot.sh)
  6. Follow the wizard to recover your data from the MacBook Pro hard drive with iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac.

Solution 2: If you have two Mac computers

Step 1: Download iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac on another Mac computer.

Step 2: Install and launch iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac.

Step 3: Click iBoysoft Data Recovery on menu bar and then select "Create Boot Drive".

iBoysoft Data Recovery create bootable drive

Step 4: Insert a USB drive into your Mac computer.

iBoysoft Data Recovery create bootable drive

Step 5: Follow the wizard to create a bootable recovery drive.

iBoysoft Data Recovery create bootable drive

iBoysoft Data Recovery create bootable drive

Step 6: After that, please insert iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac bootable USB drive into the unbootable Mac computer, and then press the Power button and Option key (⌥) to start the computer up.

iBoysoft Data Recovery create bootable drive

Step 7: Select iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac from the boot options.

Note: If you're running macOS Mojave or earlier, iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac will launch immediately when your Mac boots up. But, if your Mac is running macOS Catalina, you need two additional steps to launch this program.

Step 8: Wait for your Mac to boot up, open "Terminal" application from "Utilities" drop-down menu.

Open Terminal

Step 9: Run the following command:

'Volumes/Image Volume/boot.sh'

Launch iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac Command

Step 10: Follow the wizard to scan for lost data on the failed MacBook Pro hard drive.

Step 11: Choose the files you want to get back, and then click Recover button.

After recovering data from the failed Mac hard drive, you can go ahead to erase the Mac hard drive and reinstall macOS without worrying about data loss.